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Billy Eckstine (8 July 1914 – 8 March 1993), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA as William Clarence Eckstein. He changed the spelling to Eckstine after a club owner said the original spelling was "too Jewish".

Eckstine was an American 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… read more

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  • Miles Davis used to play with him! >Gave a lot of great musicians their start. Extremely underrated artist.[2]
  • I had no idea music this mellow existed.
  • Mr. B was just as smooth as Frank Sinatra or Lou Rawls. He just had the singing chops! Gave a lot of great musicians their start. Extremely underrated artist.
  • Billy filled a place in the market that was almost impossible to achieve. A great professional and entertainer. I am sure a lot of the pundants of singers were jealous of his natural ability as well as his trained professialism.
  • Dexter Gordon, Sonny Stitt, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Fats Navarro, Art Blakeley, and Sarah Vaughn? I wish I'd seen that band.
  • super cool !!!
  • Yes great voice, wonderful phrasing and i think really underrated. As i think nearly unknown outside of US. I got a wonderful record from 1974 "If she walked into my life". So sad it can not be played here in lastfm. I want a recording tool for records for lastfm. :-)
  • His voice is as heavenly as Sarah Vaughan's... Anyone else with me on that??
  • mr. b. isnt he he greatest
  • love this

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