Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Billy Eckstine July 8, 1914 – March 8, 1993

Billy Eckstine was smooth as silk. He was tall and handsome, sported a pencil-thin mustache and sang in a distinctive baritone.

Eckstine began singing as a child. He was born in Pittsburgh 100 years ago this week.

"I consider Billy Eckstine the Jackie Robinson of popular music," says Cary Ginell, author of Mr. B.: The Music and Life of Billy Eckstine . "Before Billy Eckstine came along, blacks, they would either sing blues or they would be in jazz bands, or they would sing in vocal groups, like or . Or as a novelty singer. But they were not permitted to enter the domain of Perry Como and . And Eckstine was the first one to successfully do that." MORE HERE & HERE

Billy Eckstine : All Of My Life

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