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Billy Eckstine

Billy Eckstine (Bandleader & Vocals)

Born: 8th July 1914, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Died: 8th March 1993, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Nationality: American

William Clarence Eckstine was an American jazz and pop singer and a bandleader during the swing and bebop eras. He was noted for his rich, almost operatic bass-baritone voice. In 2019, Eckstine was posthumously awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award "for performers who, during their lifetimes, have made creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording." His recording of "I Apologize" (MGM, 1948) was given the Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1999.

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