|Birth name Billy Ficca|
Name Billy Ficca
|Origin New York City|
|Born February 15, 1950 (age 65)Delaware (1950-02-15) |
Associated acts Television, The Sufi-Monkey Trio
Music groups Television, Neon Boys, The Waitresses
Genres Rock music, Punk rock, Art punk, New Wave
Albums Marquee Moon, Adventure, Television, I Could Rule the World If I, Live at the Academy - 1992
Similar People Richard Lloyd, Tom Verlaine, Jimmy Rip, Richard Hell, Chris Butler
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
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William Joseph "Billy" Ficca (born February 15, 1950, Delaware) is an American drummer who was a founding member of the rock groups Television and The Waitresses.
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Ficca was a childhood friend of Tom Verlaine (aka Tom Miller). Verlaine moved to New York and in 1972 put together The Neon Boys with Richard Hell (Richard Myers), they recruited Ficca to be their drummer. With the addition of second guitarist Richard Lloyd they changed their name to Television. After Television broke up he joined The Waitresses. Ficca also worked with Nona Hendryx & Zero Cool, 40 Familys and The Washington Squares. He frequently performed with guitarist/vocalist Tom Verlaine and bassist Richard Hell as well as bassist Clint Bahr. He also played with the French poet and singer Sapho in 1980 on her LP called "Sapho".
He has also been featured on albums by Dave Rave, Glen or Glenda, The Novellas, Eugene Ripper, Shane Faubert, Brian Ritchie and Lach and the Secrets. He performs with Television, Gary Lucas, Dylan Nirvana and the Bad Flowers, Gods and Monsters, the New York Blues Project, The Original Dharma Bums and Uncle Bob NYC.