Bandleader and singer who recorded "That Old Black Magic" in 1942 and who had a successful solo career with songs like "Blue Moon."
He dropped out of Howard University after winning a talent competition and released early 1930s hits like "Prisoner of Love" and "My Foolish Heart."
He was given the Grammy Hall of Fame Award for "I Apologize."
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.
He was a friend of and inspiration to Duke Ellington.