Billy Eckstine

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Birthday
8, 1914
Birthplace
Pittsburgh, PA
Death Date
Mar 8, 1993 (78)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
8, 1914
Birthplace
Pittsburgh, PA
Death Date
Mar 8, 1993 (78)

About

Bandleader and singer who recorded "That Old Black Magic" in 1942 and who had a successful solo career with songs like "Blue Moon."

Before Fame

He dropped out of Howard University after winning a talent competition and released early 1930s hits like "Prisoner of Love" and "My Foolish Heart."

Trivia

He was given the Grammy Hall of Fame Award for "I Apologize."

Family Life

He got married to June Harris in June 1942; after their divorce on July 30, 1953, he remarried Carolle Drake Faulkner on January 31, 1958.

Associated With

He was a friend of and inspiration to Duke Ellington.

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