Billy Daniels

Genres: Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s

Biography

12 September 1915, Jacksonville, Florida, USA, d. 7 October 1988, Los Angeles, California, USA. Daniels began his career as a singing waiter before working with dance bands and in vaudeville. From 1934 he was the featured vocalist in the Erskine Hawkins big band. In the late 30s he became popular in clubs and on radio. In 1943, during a club appearance, he performed ‘That Old Black Magic’, giving the song a highly dramatic, visually exciting treatment it had never before received, and from that time onwards, the singer and the song were inseparable. At his best in a cabaret setting, Daniels was a natural for television and from 1950, in partnership with pianist Bennie Payne, appeared regularly in the USA and UK. He made a few film appearances and was also in the television production of Night Of The Quarter Moon. P.J. Proby used much of Daniels’ vocal technique with his epic ballads during the 60s. In 1975 he worked with Pearl Bailey in Hello,...

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