Billy Eckstine

Born: 
07/08/1914
City: 
Pittsburgh
Region: 
Pennsylvania
Country: 
USA
Died: 
03/08/1993
Years Active: 
1930's-1990's
Genre(s): 
Instruments: 
Trumpet, Vocals
Image Credit: 
William P. Gottlieb/Ira and Leonore S. Gershwin Fund Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress

_______________________________________________________

William Clarence Eckstine was an American singer of ballads and a 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 one of the first romantic black males in popular music.

Eckstine was a style leader and noted sharp dresser. He designed and patented a high roll collar that formed a "B" over a Windsor-knotted tie, which became known as a "Mr. B. Collar." In addition to looking cool, the collar could expand and contract without popping open, which allowed his neck to swell while playing his horns.." The collars were worn by many a hipster in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Legend has it that his refined appearance even had an effect on trumpeter Miles Davis. Once, when Eckstine came across a disheveled Davis in the depths of his heroin excess, his remark "Looking sharp, Miles" served as a wake-up call for Davis, who promptly returned to his father's farm in the winter of 1953 and finally kicked the habit.

Concerts

Event Datesort descending Venue City Region Country
Earl Hines 03/06/1942 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Earl Hines 03/07/1942 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Earl Hines 03/08/1942 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Earl Hines 03/09/1942 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Earl Hines 03/10/1942 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Earl Hines 03/11/1942 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Earl Hines 03/12/1942 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Earl Hines Orchestra 10/23/1942 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Earl Hines Orchestra 10/24/1942 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Earl Hines Orchestra 10/25/1942 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Earl Hines Orchestra 10/26/1942 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Earl Hines Orchestra 10/27/1942 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Earl Hines Orchestra 10/28/1942 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Earl Hines Orchestra 10/29/1942 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Earl Hines Orchestra 02/05/1943 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Earl Hines Orchestra 02/06/1943 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Earl Hines Orchestra 02/07/1943 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Earl Hines Orchestra 02/08/1943 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Earl Hines Orchestra 02/09/1943 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Earl Hines Orchestra 02/10/1943 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Earl Hines Orchestra 02/11/1943 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Tiny Bradshaw / Lil Green 12/10/1943 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Tiny Bradshaw / Lil Green 12/11/1943 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Tiny Bradshaw / Lil Green 12/12/1943 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Tiny Bradshaw / Lil Green 12/13/1943 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA

Pages