BBC RADIO Merseyside’s Billy Butler and son Lee Butler from Radio City are the latest names to join the judging panel for the Liverpool Music Awards. Fellow judges include broadcaster Janice Long and founder of LIPA, Mark Featherstone-Witty. The awards take place in November.
Broadcaster Billy Butler has spent over 40 years in show business. A former dockworker-turned pop star with the 60s band The Tuxedos, he became a Cavern DJ; he was a friend of the Beatles – and every other Merseysbeat band. Billy’s work for the BBC, whether on national television or BBC Radio Merseyside and on commercial rival Radio City has made him a household name.
“It’s a great pleasure working with my son Lee though as usual people will mistake us for brothers. One thing we both share though we both have commercial ears” says Billy.
Lee Butler, Radio City and club DJ is equally as excited in joining the panel. “I feel quite proud judging alongside my dad and if I can be half as successful as him then that will do for me. There will be disagreements as he has the worse dress sense ever so I’m praying he doesn’t wear his tank top – I’ve nicknamed him ‘Tank Top Billy.’ “
Lee has been voted Liverpool Echo 24/7 DJ of the Year and the award stands proud next to his decks to this day. Lee’s Plastic Surgery radio show was born when Lee started his show from Radio City’s new home at St Johns Beacon. His became The North West’s most listened to Friday Night Dance Show and so Lee’s Saturday night show was then born. Lee is now also very busy in the Studio working on his own tracks and is responsible for many of the big dance anthems you hear.
Liverpool Music Awards organiser Ellie Philips said: “I am absolutely delighted that both Lee and Billy have agreed to be on the judging panel for the Liverpool Music Awards. Billy’s knowledge of Liverpool and music, past and present, is unsurpassed, and Lee knows the DJ scene and cutting edge music in our city better than anyone. It’s an added bonus that they both work on Liverpool’s two big successful Radio Stations, Billy on Radio Merseyside and Lee on Radio City. What really makes it so special is that they’re father and son – the Butler family”.