Billy Daniels

Born Sep 12, 1915

William Boone Daniels, better known as Billy Daniels, was an African American singer active in the United States and Europe from the mid-1930s to 1988, notable for his hit recording of "That Old Black Magic" and his pioneering performances on early 1950s television. Daniels was born in Jacksonville, Florida, where his father was a postmaster and notary. His mother was a schoolteacher and organist.… Read More

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1915 Birth Born in 1915.


1935 20 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1935, Daniels moved from Jacksonville to New York to attend Columbia University. … Read More
1938 23 Years Old Throughout 1938, he sang daily on New York radio for 12 different sponsors. "It was me or the horse racing," Daniels remarked. … Read More


1945 30 Years Old In 1945, he played intermission with Charlie Parker at the Spotlite Club on 52nd Street.
1948 33 Years Old 1 More Event
Daniels had several accompanists, including Nat Cole, while in New York. In 1948, he teamed with ex-big-band pianist Benny Payne, who had been Cab Calloway's pianist in the Cotton Club. … Read More
1950 35 Years Old 1 More Event
His 1950 recording on Mercury became a hit, selling in the millions.
Following Park Avenue residences, Daniels record holdover at 1952 New York Copacabana Club still stands.
1954 39 Years Old 1 More Event
He was popular in Australia where he first toured with the Andrews Sisters in 1954.


1958 43 Years Old In 1958, Daniels was the first entertainer to sign a longterm contract to appear in Las Vegas for three years at the Stardust. … Read More


1975 60 Years Old Daniels toured the US in 1975 with Pearl Bailey in the all-black Hello, Dolly!, and in London's West End, he headlined a 1978 presentation of Bubbling Brown Sugar.
1988 73 Years Old Died in 1988.
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