Knowledge Identifier: +Billy_Eckstine
Category: Music (655)
Born in 1914.
Countries: United States (96%), Belgium (4%)
Linked to: Howard University, Recording Industry Association of America, Peabody High School, Saint Paul's College
Heading to Chicago, Eckstine joined Earl Hines' Grand Terrace Orchestra in 1939, staying with the band as vocalist and trumpeter, until 1943
Charlie Rouse - Rouse began his career with the Billy Eckstine Orchestra in 1944, followed by the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band in 1945, the Duke Ellington Orchestra from 1949 to 1950, the Count Basie Octet in 1950, Bull Moose Jackson And His Buffalo Bearcats in 1953, and the Oscar Pettiford Sextet in 1955
Frank Sinatra - By the end of 1948, Sinatra felt that his career was stalling, something that was confirmed when he slipped to No. 4 on Down Beat's annual poll of most popular singers (behind Billy Eckstine, Frankie_Laine, and Bing Crosby).
Among Eckstine's recordings of the 1950s was a 1957 duet with Sarah Vaughan, "Passing Strangers", a minor hit in 1957, but an initial No. 22 success in the UK Singles Chart
Sarah Vaughan - Vaughan was reunited with Billy Eckstine for a series of duet recordings in 1957 that yielded the hit "Passing Strangers".
Count Basie - In 1959, Basie's band recorded a "greatest hits" double album The Count Basie Story and "Basie and Eckstine, Inc.": album featuring Billy Eckstine, Quincy_Jones and the Count Basie Orchestra.
His friend Duke Ellington recalled Eckstine's artistry in his 1973 autobiography "Music is My Mistress": "Eckstine-style love songs opened new lines of communication for the man in the man-woman merry-go-round, and blues a la B were the essence of cool
In 1984 Eckstine recorded his final album, "I Am a Singer", arranged and conducted by Angelo DiPippo and featuring Toots Thielemans on harmonica