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Billy Eckstine


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Birth Name: William Clarence Eckstine
Born: 1914/07/08
Birth Place: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: 1993/03/08
Years Active: 1940s-1990s
Genres: Jazz

William Clarence “Billy” Eckstine (July 8, 1914 – March 8, 1993) was an American singer of ballads and bandleader of the swing era. Eckstine's smooth baritone and distinctive vibrato broke down barriers throughout the 1940s, first as leader of the original bop big-band, then as the first romantic black male in popular music.

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