B.B.C.’s Billy Butler. Picture from the B.B.C.

He has one of the most well-known voices in Merseyside and now Billy Butler, the man who went from dock worker to pop star with the Tuxedo’s to top rated DJ at the Cavern in the heyday of Merseyside’s music dominating the charts both sides of the Atlantic, has been announced as one of the judges at this year’s inaugural Music Awards.

It will also be a family affair as Billy’s son, Lee, has also been given the honour of joining fellow judges, respected broadcaster Janice Long, University of Liverpool lecturer Dr. Mike Jones, B.B.C. Radio Merseyside’s Dave Monks, publisher and editor of Bido Lito Craig. G. Pennington, executive director of Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and Events Simon Glinn and Liverpool Echo music writer  Jade Wright.

Lee Butler is a household name as a Radio City and club DJ. He has made his name all over the city and over the North-West. Appearing at such venues as the Buzz Club in Lime Street, The Pleasure Dome, Garlands and Mr. Smiths are just a few of the big name venues Lee was being asked to rock the rafters at week after week. It was at this time that Club 051 came in with an offer.

“When I left school I was training to be an electrician at Hugh Baird College and then in 1989 the house and acid house music scene came along and all I was rave and get into music. I travelled the county for club nights and illegal raves and got my first set of decks and that was it. I sold my tools! John Kelly was the DJ I loved to listen when I was first raving so he had an influence on my style.”

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. John’s Beacon. His show became the North West’s most listened to Friday Night Dance Show and so Lee’s Saturday night was born.

Broadcaster Billy Butler has spent over 40 years in the business and there are obviously a lot of wonderful memories for him and the new guys that have come along have become just as important.

“Over the years there have been many memorable local musicians I’ve interviewed, obviously Paul and Ringo. Charlie Lansborough is always a pleasure, an international success often overlooked as not being in vogue. The Real People always a lot of fun and really stonking acoustically, The Real Thing also sadly unappreciated always have controversial views on the local scene. The three Ians aka McCulloch, McNabb and Prowse always shine musically and personality wise and there are so many more. A young three piece folk group from St Helens I interviewed about four years ago Tiny Tin Lady, what happened to them? Lately a big impact has been The Hummingbirds.”

The Liverpool Music Awards organiser, Ellie Phillips, 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.

There is still time to nominate your favourite local artists and industry people for the Liverpool Music Awards. Entries and nominations have been extended one week and will now close on Friday August 24th 2012. The awards ceremony will take place this November.

Ian D. Hall