Billy Eckstine

Genres: Comedy Movies Jazz Musicals & The Arts Pop / Rock Vocals
Tags: jazz swing blues jazz vocal male vocalists vocal jazz Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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William Clarence Eckstein, 8 July 1914, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 8 March 1993, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. Eckstine possessed one of the most distinctive voices in popular music, a deep tone with a highly personal vibrato. He began singing at the age of 11 but until his late teens was undecided between a career as a singer or football player. He won a sporting scholarship but soon afterwards broke his collarbone and decided that singing was less dangerous. He worked mostly in the north-eastern states in the early 30s and towards the end of the decade joined the Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines band in Chicago. Although far from being a jazz singer, opting instead for a highly sophisticated form of balladry, Eckstine clearly loved working with jazz musicians and in particular the young experimenters who drifted into the Hines band in the early 40s, among them Wardell Gray, Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker. While with Hines he developed...

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