Personnel includes: Billy Eckstine (vocals, valve trombone); Sarah Vaughan (vocals); Lester Young, Jimmy Guiffre, Ted Nash (tenor saxophone); Harry "Sweets" Edison, Shorty Rodgers, Roy Eldridge (trumpet); Harry Betts, Kai Winding (trombone); John LaPorta (clarinet); Teddy Wilson, George Shearing (piano); Dick Evans, Barney Kessel (guitar); Al McKibbon, Red Callender (bass); Denzil Best, Lee Young, Max Roach, Louis Bellson (drums); Sonny Burke's Orchestra, Hugo Winterhalter's Orchestra, Buddy Baker's Orchestra, Russ Case's Orchestra, Joe Lipman's Orchestra, Peter Rugolo's Orchestra, Woody Herman's Orchestra, Nelson Riddle's Orhcestra, The Lee Gordon Singers, Lou Bring's Orchestra, Hal Mooney's Orchestra.
Compilation producers: Bob Porter, Richard Seidel.
Recorded between 1947 and 1957. Includes liner notes by Lee Jeske.
Digitally remastered by Suha Gur (Polygram Studios).
Personnel: Billy Eckstine (vocals, trumpet, valve trombone); Mischa Russell, Nick Pisani, George Kast, Henry Hill , Felix Slatkin, Victor Bay, Erno Neufeld, Lou Raderman, Samuel Cytron, Edward Bergman, Harry Blostein, Olcott Vail, David Frisina, Nathan Ross, Walter Edelstein (vocals, violin); Marshall Sosson, Sarah Vaughan (vocals); Dick Evans, Al Hendrickson, Barney Kessel, Billy Bauer , Bob Bain (guitar); Kathyrine Julye (harp); David Sterkin, Paul Robyn (viola); Cyrus Witjas, Elizabeth Greenschpoon, Eleanor Slatkin (cello); Bernard Kaufman, Nuncio "Toots" Mondello (flute, clarinet); Art Drelinger, Hank Ross , Art Drellinger (clarinet, bass clarinet, tenor saxophone); Woody Herman (clarinet, alto saxophone); John LaPorta (clarinet); Warren Webb, Jules Kinsler, Joe Koch, Harry Klee (woodwinds); Willie Smith, Wilbur Schwartz (alto saxophone); Jimmy Giuffre, Lester Young , Ted Nash, Babe Russin, Wardell Gray, Warne Marsh (tenor saxophone); Chuck Gentry (baritone saxophone); Manny Klein, Conrad Gozzo , Rubin Zarchy, Frank Beach, Harry "Sweets" Edison , Vito Mangano, Pete Candoli, Ray Linn, Roy Eldridge, Shorty Rogers, Buddy Childers (trumpet); William Hinshaw, John Graas, John Cave (French horn); Milt Bernhart, Dick Kenney, Edward Kuczborski, Harry Betts, Kenny Rich, Paul Tanner, Jim Jamison, Kai Winding, Si Zentner, Jimmy Priddy (trombone); Gene Englund (tuba); George Shearing, Hal Schaefer, Jimmy Jones , Milt Raskin, Arnold Ross, Teddy Wilson, Bobby Tucker (piano); Joe Roland, Terry Gibbs (vibraphone); Denzil Best, Frank Carlson, Lee Young, Louie Bellson, Max Roach, Sam Weiss, Norris "Bunny" Shawker (drums).
Liner Note Author: Lee Jeske.
Recording information: Los Angeles, CA (05/20/1947-04/26/1957); New York, NY (05/20/1947-04/26/1957); Radio Recorders, Hollywood, CA (05/20/1947-04/26/1957); WMGM Studio A, New York, NY (05/20/1947-04/26/1957); WOR Studio 3, New York, NY (05/20/1947-04/26/1957).
Editor: Peter Pullman.
Ensembles: George Shearing; The Metronome All-Stars; The Pied Pipers.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Joe Lipman Orchestra; Gordon Lee; Hal Mooney Orchestra; Michael Lang ; Nelson Riddle; Pete Rugolo; Phil Schaap; Russ Case; Sonny Burke ; Steve Lasker; Lou Bring; Woody Herman; Woody Herman & His Orchestra; Hugo Winterhalter; Buddy Baker.
Arrangers: Lewis Raymond; Nelson Riddle; Pete Rugolo; Lou Bring; Buddy Baker.
The singer Billy Eckstine has two distinct reputations, one within jazz, one in the world outside of it. The first is as leader of the innovative proto-bebop big band that boasted Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Art Blakey, Gene Ammons, Dexter Gordon, and others within its ranks at some time or other. The other, far greater distinction is as one of the most powerful vocalists in any genre. EVERYTHING I HAVE IS YOURS collects the early MGM popular recordings that first established Eckstine as a major star.
Billy Eckstine was once tagged "the sepia Sinatra." Apart from its slight condescension, the comparison is inaccurate in that Eckstine shared none of Sinatra's vocal frailties or his psychological complexities. As the jazz vocal expert Will Friedwald once noted, Eckstine "sang like a god." His instantly recognizable burnished baritone just drove the melody forward without hesitation or scruple, even to the point of undermining the lyric on his great hit "I Apologize." For a taste of Eckstine's pure romantic power, listen to his duets with the young Sarah Vaughan on the rhapsodic "Dedicated to You" or Cole Porter's "I Love You," as these two magnificent voices make beautiful music together.