Eckstine, Billy

Eckstine, (William Clarence Eckstein) Billy

(1914–93) jazz musician; born in Pittsburgh, Pa. He emerged as a ballad specialist with Earl Hines between 1939–45, led a trailblazing modern jazz orchestra until 1948, and freelanced as a popular nightclub singer thereafter.
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From the 1920s through the 1950s, the Pittsburgh Courier chronicled politics, sports and the arts covering baseball great Jackie Robinson, and jazz legends Billy Eckstine, Billy Strayhorn, Earl Hines, Mary Lou Williams and Erroll Garner.