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Zeb Billings

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Billings, Zeb Age 80 of Naples, FL, made a peaceful transition on December 6, 2010, surrounded by love, family and music. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Jane and their daughter Tiffany, and by his children; Greg (Sara) Billings, Deborah (Craig) Nelson, Joe (Rebecca) Billings, Dana (Jeff) Lark. He is further survived by his grandchildren; Grant Billings, Jazzie Hennings, Ben and Heather Nelson, Alexis, Allison, Alana and Michael Billings, Alex Lark and two great-grandchildren; his beloved sister Kaye Meyer and many other dear family members and friends. Originally from Milwaukee, Zeb founded Billings Piano and Organ. Besides being an outstanding sax player, he was also a talented arranger and vocalist who has been in the music business most of his life. He hosted his own TV show in Milwaukee with nationally acclaimed singers, musicians and movie stars, The Zeb Billings show was the lead-in to the Vince Lombardi Hour. Zeb founded the music publishing business, Sight & Sound and then progressed to developing electronic music software which lead to many patents on electronic sound toys. Zeb is the inventor of the "Golden Sound Story Book" with over 26 million copies sold world-wide. He created talking toys and books for Disney, Time Warner and Sesame Street, and in his retirement years in Naples he dedicated his time to being a full-time songwriter and musician forming vocal groups such as Espresso, Java and the Songbirds. Zeb's most recent pride and joy was the composition of the patriotic song, I Love America, which was premiered in Naples by the Naples Concert Band at their Cambier Park concert. A celebration of Zeb's life and music will be held, Tuesday December 14, at 3 pm at Unity Church, 2000 Unity Way, Naples, FL 34112. In lieu of flowers, donations if you choose can be made to Avow Hospice, 1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, FL 34105.
Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Dec. 8, 2010
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