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Billy Eckstine

(1914-1993)

 
 
Billy Eckstine Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, March 13, 2011
1. Billy Eckstine Marker
Inscription. African American jazz balladeer and bandleader whose innovative style and sponsorship of new talent helped revolutionize jazz in the 1940s. One of the nation's most popular vocalists, he had 11 gold records. He grew up in this house.
 
Erected 1994 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Location. 40° 28.534′ N, 79° 55.155′ W. Marker is in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in Allegheny County. Marker is on Bryant Street just east of North Euclid Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pittsburgh PA 15206, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Congregation B'nai Israel (approx. 0.8 miles away); St. Peter's Evangelical and Reformed Church (approx. 0.9 miles away); East Liberty Presbyterian Church (approx. one mile away); Mary Lou Williams (approx. 1.2 miles away); Motor Square Garden (approx. 1.2 miles away); Portal of Industry (approx. 1.2 miles away); Suburban Catalyst (approx. 1.2 miles away); 1st Drive-In Filling Station (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pittsburgh.
 
Also see . . .
1. Billy Eckstine - Wikipedia. There
Billy Eckstine Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, March 13, 2011
2. Billy Eckstine Marker
are also several videos of Billy Eckstine vocals available on the internet. (Submitted on March 14, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.) 

2. Billy Eckstine at FindAGrave.com. (Submitted on March 16, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
3. Billy Eckstine - Behind the Marker. (Submitted on June 29, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. African AmericansEntertainment
 
Popular American baritone Billy Eckstine image. Click for full size.
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3. Popular American baritone Billy Eckstine
Billy Eckstine in the recording studio image. Click for full size.
By William P. Gottlieb, circa 1948
4. Billy Eckstine in the recording studio
After leading an all-star bop big band, Billy Eckstine in 1947 signed with MGM Records and began a solo career as a ballad singer. In the late 1940s he recorded a string of hits, including "Everything I Have is Yours" (1947), "Blue Moon" (1948), and "Caravan" (1949). Courtesy: Ira and Leonore S. Gershwin Fund Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress
Billy Eckstine's band in Pittsburgh in 1944 image. Click for full size.
By Charles "Teenie" Harris, 1944
5. Billy Eckstine's band in Pittsburgh in 1944
Billy Eckstine's band in Pittsburgh in 1944. From left to right: Lucky Thompson, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, and Billy Eckstine. Courtesy: The Frank Driggs Collection
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 14, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 783 times since then and 22 times this year. Last updated on April 30, 2012, by David G Pellow of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 14, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.   3. submitted on March 16, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.   4, 5. submitted on July 26, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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