- NAME: Billy Eckstine
- OCCUPATION: Songwriter, Singer, Trumpet Player
- BIRTH DATE: July 08, 1914
- DEATH DATE: March 08, 1993
- Did You Know?: World War II may have been another factor in the failure of the Billy Eckstine Orchestra. The group had difficulty traveling, due to gas rationing and difficulties finding transportation.
- EDUCATION: Howard University, St. Paul Normal and Industrial School
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- PLACE OF DEATH: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Full Name: William Clarence Eckstein
- AKA: Billy Eckstine
- AKA: William Eckstein
- Nickname: Mr. B
- Nickname: The Sepia Sinatra
- AKA: Billy X-Tine
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Billy Eckstine sang a number of romantic hits in the 1940s and '50s, and was the bandleader of the first group that embraced the musical style of bebop.
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His sartorial style—with a loose tie and wide collar—was copied throughout the country. Eckstine also appeared in films, such as Skirts Ahoy (1952). However, race kept him from having the same kind of successful film career as contemporary singers like Bing Crosby.
Over the course of his singing career, Eckstine collaborated with Duke Ellington,
During the 1970s, Eckstine recorded less often, though he continued to perform in locations like New York City, Las Vegas and Miami. His last album, Billy Eckstine Sings With Benny Carter, was made in 1986. Eckstine returned to Pittsburgh after suffering a stroke in 1992. He was 78 years old when he died at that city's Montefiore Hospital on March 8, 1993.
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