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Bill "Bunky" Sheppard (b. 20 March 1922 in New Orleans) rose to prominence in the late 1950s through the 1960s as a Chicago-based doo-wop/vocal group producer/manager and head of several labels.
Bunky started a vocal group called the Sheppards, in which he did not perform, and he shared control with [a=Carl Davis] over the Dukays (known for "Duke Of Earl", credited to their singer Gene Dixon aka [a=Gene Chandler]). He also started the [l=Apex (4)] label in 1959, co-founded Pam Productions, the Nat, Pam, and Wes labels, and [l=Constellation Records] in 1961, and founded Bunky Records (a division of [l=Scepter]) in 1966. He was closely involved with the early operation of the [l=Chi Sound] and [l=Vee Jay Records] labels as well.
His sons Billy and Stan were members of [a=Skool Boyz] in the 1980s.
He is not the same person as [a=Bill Shepherd] (Bee Gees arranger), [a=William Shepherd] (jazz trombonist) or [a=Bill Shepherd (2)] (1920s country blues man).