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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, United States (1914 – 1989)

Billy, nee Dorothy Lucille Tipton in Oklahoma City in 1914, was a jazz pianist. She found opportunities for women in this area quite limited–indeed, her KC, MO high school did not allow girls to join its marching band. She studied jazz piano and sax anyway.

Dorothy began performing as a man in 1933. Billy played piano with Louvenie’s Western Swingbillies, Scott Cameron, George Meyer, and Ross Carlyle before founding The Billy Tipton Trio, featuring Dick O'Neill (drums) and Kenny… read more

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