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

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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
Billy Eckstine 07/16/1969 The Moon Hazel Park Michigan USA
Billy Eckstine 07/17/1969 The Moon Hazel Park Michigan USA
Billy Eckstine 07/18/1969 The Moon Hazel Park Michigan USA
Billy Eckstine 07/19/1969 The Moon Hazel Park Michigan USA
Billy Eckstine 10/17/1975 Golden Coach Warren Michigan USA
Billy Eckstine 10/18/1975 Golden Coach Warren Michigan USA
Billy Eckstine 10/19/1975 Golden Coach Warren Michigan USA
Billy Eckstine 10/20/1975 Golden Coach Warren Michigan USA
Billy Eckstine 10/21/1975 Golden Coach Warren Michigan USA
Billy Eckstine 10/22/1975 Golden Coach Warren Michigan USA
Billy Eckstine 10/23/1975 Golden Coach Warren Michigan USA
Billy Eckstine 10/24/1975 Golden Coach Warren Michigan USA
Billy Eckstine 10/25/1975 Golden Coach Warren Michigan USA
Billy Eckstine 10/26/1975 Golden Coach Warren Michigan USA
Detroit Homecoming 07/16/1976 Masonic Temple Detroit Michigan USA
Midnight Jams 07/16/1976 Orchestra Hall Detroit Michigan USA
Billy Eckstine 10/11/1976 db's Dearborn Michigan USA
Billy Eckstine 10/12/1976 db's Dearborn Michigan USA
Billy Eckstine 10/13/1976 db's Dearborn Michigan USA
Billy Eckstine 10/14/1976 db's Dearborn Michigan USA
Billy Eckstine 10/15/1976 db's Dearborn Michigan USA
Billy Eckstine 10/16/1976 db's Dearborn Michigan USA
Billy Eckstine 10/17/1976 db's Dearborn Michigan USA
Billy Eckstine 10/17/1977 db's Dearborn Michigan USA
Billy Eckstine 10/18/1977 db's Dearborn Michigan USA

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