Jazz musician who posed as a man for his entire life when in reality he was a woman. He was the leader of the Billy Tipton Trio.
He and his trio were discovered while playing at Santa Barbara's King's Supper Club by a Tops Records talent scout who gave them a contract soon after.
He had to retire in the late 1970s because of arthritis.
He had several female relationships throughout his life, most of whom went by Mrs. Tipton to preserve his secret. He and his partner Kitty Kelly adopted three sons: John, Scott, and William.
He would impersonate celebrities like Liberace and Elvis during his shows.