'Mr Hand Me Down' released under the name Billy Bates on Spark Records followed in 1974.
In 1976, Bates put out 'Take to the Mountains' under the name, Billy Bates Company.
In 1990, Don't Panic panicked and returned home just as the first Gulf war started, and started a family. Bates resumed solo work, and jingle writing/singing/playing at the Old Smithy Studios, Worcester, where he also became lead singer/songwriter and playing guitar, keyboards and bass with the AOR band, Atlantic.
Atlantic released one CD, 'Power' to much acclaim in the AOR world.
All released on Bates's own labels, DPP, and latterly Essential Music.