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Billy Eckstine
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Sex:M
Age:78
Birth Date:July 8, 1914
Astrology Sign:Cancer
Chinese Sign:Tiger - Yang
Birth Name:William Clarence Eckstein
Birth Place:Pittsburgh, PA
Died Date:March 8, 1993
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Occupation:Singer

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BILLY ECKSTINE
Billy Eckstine

Biography:Billy Eckstine (8 July 1914 - 8 March 1993), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as William Clarence Eckstine. He was an American jazz singer and bandleader who also played trumpet, valve trombone, and guitar. He also performed briefly as Billy X. Stine. His nickname was Mr. B. Although best known as a singer, his openness to new music made him a strong influence on modern jazz, particularly bebop, as he gave employment to many of the musicians who founded the style.

After singing with the Earl Hines band from 1939 to 1943 he led his own band from 1944 to 1947. The band featured at various times a large number of rising jazz stars, including:

Saxophones: Gene Ammons, Dexter Gordon, Lucky Thompson, Charlie Parker, Wardell Gray, Budd Johnson, Leo Parker Trumpets: Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Kenny Dorham, Fats Navarro Drums: Art Blakey Singers: Lena Horne, Sarah Vaughan Eckstine later formed an octet, then went solo, becoming a popular ballad singer while remaining an important figure in jazz. His huge, distinctive baritone made him one of the first African American singers to have mainstream success. He was the composer of the blues classic "Jelly, Jelly" and also recorded T-Bone Walker's "Stormy Monday Blues". Most of his success as a singer came with ballads, including "Everything I have is Yours", "Blue Moon", "Caravan," "Prisoner of Love," "You Go to My Head," and "That Old Black Magic". His last hit was "Passing Strangers", a duet with Sarah Vaughan released in 1957.

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 expanded and contracted 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.


Chinese Horoscope for Billy Eckstine
Includes characteristics and Vices
Billy Eckstine's Chinese Horoscope
Chinese Year: January 26, 1914 - February 13, 1915
Birthday: July 8, 1914

The Tiger is a Yang,
and is the Third sign of the Chinese horoscope.

Characteristics:    
Fervor
Bravery
Magnetism
Good Luck
Benevolence
Authority
Vices:
Impetuosity
Hotheadedness
Disobedience
Swagger
Intemperance
Itinerancy


Personality and Character Cards:
Personality and character cards are identical!

Billy Eckstine's Personality Tarot Card The Empress - Personality Card

Birthday: July 8, 1914

Abundance, fruitfulness and fertility; perhaps marriage or children.


This year's Growth Tarot Card
Based on this year's birthday

Billy Eckstine's Growth Tarot Card The Moon

Birthday: July 8, 2010

A period of illusion, uncertainty and fluctuation.

 

 

 

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