Billy Eckstine

American musician Billy Eckstine

William Clarence Eckstine was an American singer of ballads and a bandleader of the swing era. Eckstine's smooth baritone and distinctive vibrato broke down barriers throughout the 1940s, first as leader of the original bop big-band, then as the first romantic black male in popular music. Eckstine's recording of "I Apologize" (MGM Pop Single, 1948) was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1999.
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08 July 1914

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Touching tributes paid to trailblazer Olive Ann Trott - Royal Gazette
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During the heyday of Bermuda's hotel entertainment circuit, Mrs Trott enjoyed first-name terms with many of the era's most prominent black musicians from the US including swing balladeer Billy Eckstine and jazz legend Sarah Vaughan
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Tony Bennett swings into an 85th birthday celebration - Chicago Tribune
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Neither did Nat "King" Cole or Johnny Hartman, Billy Eckstine or Joe Williams — or most of America's other great male singers. But when Tony Bennett turned 85 earlier this month, he found himself not only still performing around the world but enjoying
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Jazz Vet Ted Herman and His Orchestra Jam Live at Repplier Park in Banning - Patch.com
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In the early 1960s, Herman worked in the Reno-Lake Tahoe area with Billy Eckstine at Harrah's, and later at Harvey's, and he stayed 20 years as bandleader and contractor, playing for some of the most important headliners in show business, according to
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Freddy Cole to help celebrate Orpheum's 95th - Galesburg Register-Mail
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He also credits Billy Eckstine as a major influence. “He was a fantastic entertainer,” Cole states. “I learned so much from just watching and being around him.” Cole was the youngest of five children, which included brothers Eddie, Ike and Nat,
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Celebrating Tony Bennett's 85th Birthday ... and His Activism - AlterNet
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Tony was also influenced by his love for black music, which he considers the classic American music, and by his intimate friendships with Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Billy Eckstine and Louis Armstrong, and his love for the singing of Billie Holiday
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Indiana's Feinstein Foundation - JazzTimes Magazine
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A boon for Feinstein fans, at least half of the album's selections are songs he has never recorded before, including Henry Mancini's hauntingly beautiful “Two for the Road,” Lew Spence and Jack Elliott's “If They Ask Me,” recorded by Billy Eckstine in
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Today in Music History - Aug. 6 - mysask.com (press release)
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Ammons's big-toned tenor was featured with the Billy Eckstine and Woody Herman band in the '40s, and he later formed his own small groups. Ammons's recordings of "Red Top," "My Foolish Heart" and "Jug" were all top-10 rhythm-and-blues hits in the late
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Cunningham spent early career playing Gaslight Square - STLtoday.com
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As a singer, his role models include Nat King Cole, Billy Eckstine and Frank Sinatra. In recent years, the Sheldon has been the Cunninghams' home away from Vegas. The latest concert will be pay tribute to two noted jazz pianists: Horace Silver,
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At 85, Tony Bennett Still Seeks Perfection - Wall Street Journal (blog)
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He is a great singer, forever growing and experimenting, a fine painter, a loving father, and a genuine appreciator of other artists, a quality that earned him the intimate friendship of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra, Billy Eckstine and
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Gene McDaniels dies at 76; pop singer and songwriter - Los Angeles Times
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He formed a gospel quartet in junior high school and, while idolizing jazz singers, including Billy Eckstine and Sarah Vaughan, launched his career after graduating from high school. Karen McDaniels said her husband recently had been working on a new
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Joe Lee Wilson, 75, a Leader Of '70s Loft-Jazz Movement
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Joe Lee Wilson, an acclaimed singer who was also a leader of the loft-jazz movement in the 1970s, died on Sunday at his home in Brighton, England. He was 75. The cause was congestive heart failure, his wife, Jill, said. Mr. Wilson, a baritone with a resonant, seductive voice in the tradition of Billy Eckstine and a style rooted in the blues of his
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Tory Wynter - Beachside Resident
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Spirituality is an integral part of Wynter's musical aesthetic, an approach that's defined as much by his personal relationship with Bob Marley as by his love of legendary American ballad singer and bandleader Billy Eckstine
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Today's Birthdays - Sports Radio ESPN 1420
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Bandleader Billy Eckstine. (Born 1914) He founded the first bebop orchestra. Actress Faye Emerson. (Born 1917) She appeared in such films as "Destination: Tokyo" and "Uncertain Glory." Actress Pamela Brown. (Born 1917) She appeared in several films
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Modern-day tap dancers pay tribute Saturday night to some of New York's most ... - New York Daily News (blog)
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Later members included the likes of “Bubba” Gaines, Buster Brown, Albert Gibson and kindred souls like Dizzy Gillespie and Billy Eckstine, who shared a thousand stages with those tappers. Honorary membership, which was also not issued casually,
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Paula Allen: Mountaintop Club a hub of activity in 1940s - San Antonio Express
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... “12 miles out Fredericksburg Road.†Longtime local dance bandleader Larry Herman and his Music Masters frequently provided the music, but so did touring entertainers such as Billy Eckstine and his orchestra, featuring trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie,
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JC STYLLES DEBUTS WITH EXHILARATION AND OTHER STATES ON JULY 12 - Jazzcorner
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Stylles was first introduced to "I Want to Talk about You" via John Coltrane's classic reading of the Billy Eckstine melody. He says, "I had never heard a guitar version of it and having acquired a new custom Palen archtop guitar, I really felt this
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Jammin' on the Hudson free jazz concerts - 7Online.com
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This was the beginning a whole new career for him that launched on to the scene a new baritone voice, the likes of which had not been heard since Billy Eckstine, Arthur Prysock, Joe Williams and Johnny Hartman. Jammin' is pleased to present a
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Billy Eckstine
    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 1993
    Age 78
    Though his speech improved in hospital, Eckstine later had a heart attack, and died a few months later on March 8, 1993, aged 78.
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  • 1992
    Age 77
    Eckstine suffered a stroke while performing in Salina, Kansas, in April 1992, and never performed again.
  • 1990
    Age 75
    Sammy Davis, Jr. made several live appearances and impersonated Eckstine. Not just for comedy reasons, but because Eckstine was a close friend and a supporter of Martin Luther King. Eckstine was a pallbearer at Davis' Funeral in 1990.
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  • 1986
    Age 71
    Eckstine's final recordings were made in November 1986, with saxophonist Benny Carter and released on the 1987 album Billy Eckstine Sings with Benny Carter.
    After recording sparingly during the 1970s for Al Bell's Stax/Enterprise imprint, the international touring Eckstine made his last recording, the Grammy-nominated Billy Eckstine Sings with Benny Carter in 1986.
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  • 1984
    Age 69
    In 1984 Eckstine recorded his penultimate album, I Am a Singer, arranged and conducted by Angelo DiPippo and featuring Toots Thielemans on harmonica.
  • FORTIES
  • 1960
    Age 45
    The 1960 Las Vegas live album, No Cover, No Minimum, featured Eckstine taking a few trumpet solos and showcased his nightclub act.
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  • 1957
    Age 42
    Among Eckstine's recordings of the 1950s was a 1957 duet with Sarah Vaughan, "Passing Strangers", a minor hit in 1957, but an initial No. 22 success in the UK Singles Chart.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1952
    Age 37
    After their divorce in 1952, he remarried shortly after to actress and model Carolle Drake in 1953, and they remained married until his death.
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  • 1950
    Age 35
    Eckstine was the subject of a three page profile in the 25 April 1950 issue of LIFE magazine, in which the photographer Martha Holmes accompanied Eckstine and his entourage during a week in New York City.
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    His 1950 appearance at the Paramount Theatre in New York City drew a larger audience than Frank Sinatra at his Paramount performance.
    Eckstine had further success in 1950 with Victor Young’s theme song to "My Foolish Heart," and the next year with a revival of the 1931 Bing Crosby hit, "I Apologize".
  • 1945
    Age 30
    Even before folding his band, Eckstine had recorded solo to support it, scoring two million-sellers in 1945 with "Cottage for Sale" and a revival of "Prisoner of Love".
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1944
    Age 29
    In 1944, Eckstine formed his own big band and it became the finishing school for adventurous young musicians who would shape the future of jazz.
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  • 1942
    Age 27
    He married his first wife, June, in 1942.
  • 1939
    Age 24
    Heading to Chicago, Eckstine joined Earl Hines' Grand Terrace Orchestra in 1939, staying with the band as vocalist and trumpeter, until 1943.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1933
    Age 18
    He left Howard in 1933, after winning first place in an amateur talent contest.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1914
    Born
    Born on July 8, 1914.
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