Billy Eckstine

William Clarence Eckstein

Also known as B. Eckstein, B. Ecksteine, B. Eckstine, Billy Eckstein, Billy Eckstine And The Textor Singers, Б. Экстайн, Eckstein, Eckstine, William Eckstine
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Discography of Billy Eckstine:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 The Motown Years 53 Audio 2004-01-12 Motown
2 September Song / Pass The Word Around 2 Audio 1955 MGM Records
3 Basie/Eckstine Incorporated 11 Audio World Record Club
4 Sing The Best Of Irving Berlin 4 Audio 1959 Mercury
5 Passing Strangers / The Door Is Open 2 Audio 1957-05-07 Mercury
6 Sing The Best Of Irving Berlin 11 Audio 1958
7 Mood Indigo / Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me 2 Audio 1954 MGM Records
8 Gigi / Trust In Me 2 Audio 1959 Mercury
9 Oh Come, All Ye Faithful 2 Audio 1950 MGM Records
10 Senior Soul 10 Audio 1972 Stax
11 The Golden Hits Of Billy Eckstine 12 Audio Mercury
12 No Cover, No Minimum 11 Audio Music For Pleasure
13 Passing Strangers 2 Audio 1977 Philips
14 You Call It Madness 42 Audio History
15 Eckstine/Basie Incorporated 10 Audio 1966 Allegro Records
16 Feel The Warm 10 Audio 1971 Stax
17 Stormy 9 Audio 1971 Stax
18 Bring Back The Thrill / I Apologize 2 Audio 1951 MGM Records
19 Passing Strangers 12 Audio 1980 Mercury
20 Feel The Warm 10 Audio 1971 Enterprise
21 I Want A Little Girl / Lonesome Lover Blues 2 Audio 1959 Roulette Records
22 Passing Strangers 12 Audio Fontana
23 Basie/Eckstine, Inc. 11 Audio 1984 Roulette Records
24 If She Walked Into My Life 10 Audio 1974 Enterprise
25 I Wanna Be Your Man 2 Audio 1973 Enterprise
26 Passing Strangers 2 Audio 1969 Mercury
27 The Golden Voice Of Billy Eckstine 12 Audio
28 Thank You Love 2 Audio 1968 Motown
29 Thank You Love / Is Anyone Here Goin' My Way 2 Audio 1968 Motown
30 I Apologize 12 Audio Mercury
31 Passing Strangers / The Door Is Open 2 Audio 1957-05-07 Mercury
32 Basin Street East 17 Audio 1976 Philips
33 Senior Soul 10 Audio 1972 Enterprise
34 Stormy 7 Audio 1971 Enterprise
35 Everything I Have Is Yours 10 Audio 1965
36 Guilty 4 Audio 1962 Mercury
37 Passing Strangers 2 Audio 1959 Mercury
38 Till There Was You 2 Audio 1962 Mercury
39 Greatest Hits 14 Audio MGM Records
40 Passing Strangers 4 Audio 1958 Mercury
41 People Will Say We're In Love 2 Audio 1950 MGM Records
42 Dedicated To You 4 Audio 1956 MGM Records
43 The Irving Berlin Songbook 11 Audio 1984 EmArcy
44 The Golden Hits Of Billy Eckstine 12 Audio 1963 Mercury
45 Swingin' & Singin' 10 Audio Guest Star
46 Everything I Have Is Yours (The M-G-M Years) 30 Audio 1985 Verve Records
47 Billy Eckstine Sings 16 Audio 1979 Savoy Records
48 Blue Moon 2 Audio 1947 MGM Records
49 Temptation 2 Audio 1949 MGM Records
50 Body And Soul 2 Audio 1949 MGM Records


Born : July 8, 1914 // Pittsburgh, PA, United States

Died : March 8, 1993 // Pittsburgh, PA, United States

[b]Eckstine[/b], the son of a Pittsburg chauffeur and seamstress, began his singing career in a church bazaar at the age of eleven. The family moved to Washington, where he ran errands at the Howard Theater for [a=Ethel Waters]- earning enough pocket money to enter a talent contest, which he won in 1932.

He quit school and joined the Tommy Miles Band, learning the trumpet to support his vocals. Bandleader [a=Earl Hines] heard Eckstine at the De Lizza Club and added him to his band's line-up, with whom he recorded 'Skylark' which outsold the [a=Glenn Miller] version. Eckstine's growing success enabled him to open his own club on New York's 52nd Street, which eventually closed due to crippling entertainment taxes. He then took to the road with his own historic band, helping pave the way for the bebop/modern jazz style movement with its musical arranger John Birks Gillespie.

With Eckstine handling the vocals, along with [a=Sarah Vaughn], the line-up included trumpeters [a=Dizzy Gillespie], [a=Miles Davis], [a=Fats Navarro], [a=Kenny Dorham]; saxophonists [a=Gene Ammons], [a=Dexter Gordon], [a=Lucky Thompson], [a=Charlie Parker] and [a=Leo Parker]; drummer [a=Art Blakey]; bassist [a=Tommy Potter]; pianist John Malaclin and arrangers [a=Budd Johnson], [a=Tadd Dameron] and [a=Jerry Valentine]. In the three and a half years this band was together Eckstine made his mark as a sell-out concert singer, as well as starting fashion trends with his sharp-suited dress style that would hold him in good stead throughout his popular solo career.


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