Billy Banks

Singer + Musician
Born 1908

For the rugby league footballer of the 1940s and '50s for Great Britain, Wales, and Huddersfield, see William "Billy" Banks For other persons named William Banks, see William Banks For other persons named Willie Banks, see Willie Banks Billy Banks was an American jazz singer. Banks is most prominently remembered for being a successful female impersonator on record.… Read More

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1908 Birth Born in 1908.


1932 24 Years Old Banks recorded in 1932 with an all-star, multi-racial jazz lineup made up of Red Allen on trumpet, Pee Wee Russell on clarinet, Tommy Dorsey on trombone, Joe Sullivan on piano, Zutty Singleton on drums, and Fats Waller, also on piano; most of the black musicians were from Luis Russell's retinue, while the white ones had been brought to the studio by producer Irving Mills. … Read More


1954 46 Years Old One of his last recordings was done in Denmark in 1954 with Cy Laurie.


1967 59 Years Old Late in the 1950s he relocated to Japan, and died there in Tokyo in 1967.
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