Billy Daniels
American singer
Billy Daniels
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.
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Jazz Steps & Janice Harrington (USA), Palace Of Arts Budapest, 27 August - XpatLoop.com
Google News - over 5 years
The American singer has appeared alongside such jazz luminaries as Billy Daniels, Lloyd Bridges, Frank Sinatra Jr., Sammy Davis Jr., Lionel Hampton, Nat Adderley and the Humphrey Lyttelton Band
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Legion Officers - Valley Advantage
Google News - over 5 years
221 officers are, from left: adjutant Paul Sotak, junior vice commander Dan Drake, junior adjutant Tim Coleman, senior vice commmander Billy Daniels, commander Ron Smith, district commander Joe Faltynowicz and treasurer Cy Gonsalus
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Andy Thorn: I'll protect the Coventry City babes - Coventry Telegraph
Google News - over 5 years
Front left to right: Billy Daniels, Gael Bigirimana and Aaron Phillips. CCFC players at the open training session. Josh Ruffels. ANDY Thorn has vowed to protect the Coventry City babes who have been pitched into the Championship firing line years ahead
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Kean Football Picked Fourth in NJAC Poll - Kean University Athletics
Google News - over 5 years
Senior quarterback Thomas D'Ambrisi, senior kicker Billy Daniels, senior offensive lineman Dave Vermeuel and senior linebacker Richard Esdaile also return in 2011 after being named all-stars in 2010. The Cougars open the 2011 season on Saturday,
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“The Dreams of Wonderful Years” – Duane Bobick! - Doghouse Boxing
Google News - over 5 years
His streak was stopped when he defeated Billy Daniels, 23-19-3 over 10 rounds. In Bobick's twenty-fourth fight he met Mike Weaver the future WBA champion and stopped him in 7 rounds. In his thirtieth fight he stopped Pat Duncan, 34-8-2
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Wearside Echoes: It’s time to Rock ‘n’ Roll - Sunderland Echo
Google News - over 5 years
Others to play at the venue tincluded Ken Mackintosh and Billy Daniels. Jan Ralfini and His Orchestra drew the crowds to Seaburn Hall in 1950. Josef Locke, the Irish tenor, performed to great acclaim at the Sunderland Empire. Al Flush was the 'Musical
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Courts - Wausau Daily Herald
Google News - over 5 years
Jullius A. Alloway, 23, 4991 Billy Daniels Lane, Crandon, made an initial appearance June 9 on two counts of felony bail jumping and a misdemeanor charge of criminal damage to property. The court ordered a $1000 signature bond and set a pretrial
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Events Calendar: June 3-9 - Florida Times-Union
Google News - over 5 years
The Black Magic Cabaret: Remembering Billy Daniels, 8 pm, Ritz Theatre & LaVilla Museum, 829 N. Davis St. $21 in advance, $25 at the door. (904) 632-5555 or ritzjacksonville.com. Barbecue to benefit Foster Closet, noon to 3 pm, The Markets at Town
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What's Happening Around Northeast Florida This Week - WJXT Jacksonville
Google News - over 5 years
The Ritz Theatre and Museum presents “Old Black Magic Carbaret: Remembering Billy Daniels” on Saturday. Billy Daniels grew up in Jacksonville on the Eastside. This tribute will feature a musical trio, singers and dancer performing selections of
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The Sad Saga of Thad Spencer - BoxingNews24.com
Google News - almost 6 years
In 1965 Thad came back strongly avenging a 1963 loss to Chuck Leslie and outpointing Billy Daniels and Roger Rischer. In a rematch with Lincoln, Thad was outscored over ten rounds. After opening 1966 by again outpointing Leslie and Daniels he traveled
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Paid Notice: Deaths PEARSON, EMILY FEDER WAS BORN IN CLUJ
NYTimes - over 6 years
PEARSON--Emily Feder Was born in Cluj, Transylvania/Hungary on July 4, 1914. She immigrated in 1928 with her family and was married to Samuel Pearson on December 31, 1936. In 1940 Emily lived in Brooklyn and was a neighbor of Estee Lauder, and became her first door to door makeup model. During WWII Emily sang for the USO entertaining with Rosemary
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Paid Notice: Deaths PEARSON, EMILY FEDER WAS BORN IN CLUJ
NYTimes - over 6 years
PEARSON--Emily Feder Was born in Cluj, Transylvania/Hungary on July 4, 1914. She immigrated in 1928 with her family and was married to Samuel Pearson on December 31, 1936. In 1940 Emily lived in Brooklyn and was a neighbor of Estee Lauder, and became her first door to door makeup model. During WWII Emily sang for the USO entertaining with Rosemary
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WEEKEND EXCURSION; Traces of the Place at High Tide
NYTimes - about 15 years
''The Atlantic Ocean was something then. Yes, you should have seen the Atlantic Ocean in those days.'' Those lines were uttered by Burt Lancaster, playing a washed-up grifter grabbing one last score in the sad sack of a town depicted by Louis Malle in his 1981 film ''Atlantic City.'' That's the most often quoted passage from the movie, written by
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BOXING: NOTEBOOK; Monthly Cards Return At Site in Manhattan
NYTimes - about 17 years
For the first time in seven years, a boxing promoter has decided to venture into New York City with a regular monthly boxing show. The promoter, Cedric Kushner, said yesterday that he will hold his ''Heavyweight Explosion'' cards at the Hammerstein Ballroom in midtown Manhattan on the last Thursday of each month, beginning on Jan. 27. The first
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Norma Donaldson Dies at 68; Singer Who Became an Actress
NYTimes - over 22 years
Norma Donaldson, whose sensuality and throaty voice entertained Broadway audiences, moviegoers and television viewers, died on Tuesday at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. She was 68 and lived in Hollywood Hills. The cause was cancer, said her cousin, Lovely Hill Billups of Washington. Ms. Donaldson, born in Harlem, became a nightclub singer,
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Catching That Fading Sound of Razzmatazz
NYTimes - over 23 years
These somewhat whimsical, far from definitive lists refer to the original-cast recordings of Broadway musicals, not the musicals themselves. Recordings that transcend their station, however fitfully in some cases, are marked with an asterisk. Only recent CD and cassette reissues of Broadway material in print from the 1950s and 1960s are listed,
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ABOUT LONG ISLAND; The View From Behind the Highway Cones
NYTimes - over 23 years
THERE hasn't been a day in his working life, Bill Daniels says, where he wasn't yelled at, cursed at or made the object of an obscene gesture. Ever? "Never," he said. In Mr. Daniels'sline of work it's as if Long Islanders were born with one finger permanently pointed skyward. "There's a lot of hostility out there," he said, "and we represent the
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Corrections
NYTimes - over 26 years
LEAD: An obituary of Pearl Bailey in some editions last Saturday and some on Sunday referred incompletely to her co-stars in the Broadway musical ''Hello, Dolly!,'' and a correction in this space on Tuesday misidentified the actor with whom she first performed the role. Cab Calloway starred with Miss Bailey in a 1967 staging of the musical, and
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Corrections
NYTimes - over 26 years
LEAD: An obituary of Pearl Bailey in some editions on Saturday and Sunday misidentified her Broadway co-star in ''Hello, Dolly!'' He was Billy Daniels, not Cab Calloway. An obituary of Pearl Bailey in some editions on Saturday and Sunday misidentified her Broadway co-star in ''Hello, Dolly!'' He was Billy Daniels, not Cab Calloway.
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Pearl Bailey, Cabaret Trouper And Musical Star, Dies at 72
NYTimes - over 26 years
LEAD: Pearl Bailey, the entertainer whose distinctive singing style was enhanced by her mischievous witticisms and warm personality, died yesterday at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia after collapsing at a hotel where she had been staying. She was 72 years old and lived in Lake Havasu, Pearl Bailey, the entertainer whose
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Billy Daniels
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1988
    Age 72
    Died in 1988.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1975
    Age 59
    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.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1958
    Age 42
    In 1958, Daniels was the first entertainer to sign a longterm contract to appear in Las Vegas for three years at the Stardust.
    More Details Hide Details He had performed in musicals on Broadway early in his career with a minor role in a short-lived musical, Memphis Bound (1945). More notable was the long run (700+ performances) of Golden Boy with Sammy Davis Jr. in 1964, directed by Arthur Penn.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1954
    Age 38
    He had four daughters and four sons: Yvonne Daniels (Chicago's Radio Hall of Fame – deceased), Baroness Von Czenkow, William B. Daniels II, Bruce Daniels (deceased), Jack (Pearce) who never knew his father, England b.1954, Son two, also born in England (prefers to remain anonymous) b 1954, and from his 1955 marriage to Pierrette (Cameron) Andrea (Grefelt), and Dominique Daniels (Billy Daniels Foundation); and 6 grandchildren: Adrien, Gregory, Kristen, Bo, Jonas, and Desiree.
    More Details Hide Details He died at the age of 73 in Los Angeles, California, and was buried at the El Camino Memorial Park in Sorrento Valley, San Diego, California. He was one of the first African-American entertainers to cross over into the mainstream and his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame lies alongside that of Jerry Lewis.
    He was popular in Australia where he first toured with the Andrews Sisters in 1954.
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  • 1952
    Age 36
    He was a pioneer in the new medium of television with his own television series on ABC in 1952.
    More Details Hide Details The Billy Daniels Show was sponsored by Rybutol, a popular vitamin tablet at the time. This 15-minute show, telecast from New York on Sunday evenings from the what was later to become The Ed Sullivan Theater (and now The Late Show) was a milestone: the first sponsored network television series starring a black performer. He appeared on television in the US and UK and Australia and Canada throughout the 1950s and 1960s with performances on The Milton Berle Show and 'The Ed Sullivan Show. His films include When You're Smiling (Columbia, 1951) and Columbia's Sunny Side of the Street (Columbia, 1952). Daniels' recordings cover the period of transition from 78-rpm to the dawn of microgroove recording. Remembered mostly for his charismatic live performances, he made an album at Abbey Road, The Magic of Billy Daniels (1978), which contained a disco version of "That Old Black Magic". He recorded one of the first soul records, "Woe Woe Woe", a now rare recording.
    He was popular in Europe after he headlined at the London Palladium in 1952, having broken the house records.
    More Details Hide Details He toured the UK's Moss Theatre circuit in the 1950s as "America's most exciting singer". His forte was as a nightclub entertainer, and he was the biggest cabaret draw in New York throughout the 1950s, appearing alongside the comedian Jimmy Durante. His vocal stylings and trademark dance movements were widely imitated by the impressionists of the era.
    Following Park Avenue residences, Daniels record holdover at 1952 New York Copacabana Club still stands.
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  • 1950
    Age 34
    His sensational performance in 1950 in Bill Miller's Riveria Club led to holdover appearances.
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    His 1950 recording on Mercury became a hit, selling in the millions.
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  • 1948
    Age 32
    His later signature song was "That Old Black Magic", by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer, which Daniels first recorded for Apollo Records in 1948.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Payne remained as accompanist for the rest of Daniel's career. Daniels' first trademark song from his time on New York radio was the song "Diane," which he recorded on Bluebird in 1941.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1945
    Age 29
    In 1945, he played intermission with Charlie Parker at the Spotlite Club on 52nd Street.
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  • 1938
    Age 22
    Throughout 1938, he sang daily on New York radio for 12 different sponsors. "It was me or the horse racing," Daniels remarked.
    More Details Hide Details Daniels performed frequently at nightclubs on New York's famed 52nd Street, where he was one of the first singers to leave the big-band scene and pursue a solo career. He sometimes made three 52nd Street club performances per night.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1935
    Age 19
    He toured with the Erskine Hawkins Band in 1935–36 and then returned to Harlem.
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    In 1935, Daniels moved from Jacksonville to New York to attend Columbia University.
    More Details Hide Details He planned to become a lawyer, but he was sidetracked during the Depression. His grandmother was a seamstress in Harlem for the Ziegfeld Follies, and she encouraged her grandson to sing at Dickie Wells, the club where he first worked as a dishwasher, then a singing waiter. There he was discovered by bandleader Erskine Hawkins, who hired him as a featured vocalist.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1915
    Born
    Born in 1915.
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