BELMAR, NJ — Billy Terrell will offer an evening of “music, memories, anecdotes and joy” on Thursday, November 21 at the Belmar Public Library.

In his free presentation, titled “From the Brill to the Brink and Back,” the noted songwriter, producer, musician, comedian and Vietnam veteran will focus on what he calls, “One man’s battle to save his life, his career, his country and the orphans he left behind.”

Terrell will share his interesting life experiences through song and soliloquy, as video clips and slides assist in telling his story, much of which is documented in his autobiography, “The Other Side of Rock and War.”

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As a member of the Brill Building alumni in the early days of rock ‘n’ roll in New York City, Terrell worked alongside some of the biggest and best writers and artists of the era. Today, he has more than 2,000 commercially released recordings his credit.

In contrast, while serving in the Army in Vietnam in 1966 and 1967, he and other soldiers in his company rescued orphans and Catholic nuns after a Viet Cong attack and helped establish an orphanage that still thrives today.

The program will be held at 6 p.m. at the library’s main building, located at 517 10th Avenue. For more information, call the Belmar Public Library at 732-681-0775 or visit to send a message.

For updates on the library’s various programs and services at both its main building and annex at 503 Seventh Avenue, visit its website or Facebook page.

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