Billy Eckstine

Billy Eckstine

  • Billy Eckstine - (From L-R) Vibraphonist Warren Wolf, tenor saxophonist Jimmy Heath, trumpet player Christian Scott, and actor-comedian Bill Cosby joke about the height of a microphone as musical director George Duke looks on during the opening gala of the historic Howard Theater in Washington, DC on April 12, 2012. First opened in 1910 in the 'Black Broadway' neighborhood of the capital,  it has remained closed for the past 32 years until reopening  on April 09, 2012. In its heyday, the Howard Theater featured vaudeville, live theater, musicals and local talents shows, bringing the newest and biggest names of the era in black entertainment. Some of the most celebrated entertainers who performed there include Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Eckstine, Sarah Vaughn, Sammy Davis Jr., Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Marvin Gaye and Miles Davis.
  • Billy Eckstine - A woman walks past the historic Howard Theater in Washington, DC on April 12, 2012 hours before the opening gala at the theater. Opened to the public in 1910 in the 'Black Broadway' neighborhood of the capital, the Howard Theater remained closed for the past 32 years. In its heyday, it featured vaudeville, live theater, musicals and local talents shows, bringing the newest and biggest names of the era in black entertainment. Some of the most notorious entertainers who have performed there include Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Eckstine, Sarah Vaughn, Sammy Davis Jr., Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Marvin Gaye and Miles Davis.
Born : July 8, 1914 // Pittsburgh, PA, United States Died : March 8, 1993 // Pittsburgh, PA, United States Eckstine, the son of a Pittsburg chauffeur and seamstress, began his singing career in a church bazaar at the age of eleven. The family moved to Washington, where he ran errands at the Howard Theater for Ethel Waters- earning enough pocket money to enter a talent contest, which he won in ...more


Be Social with Us

  • ARTISTdirect at youtube

Related Sites

Latest Music News

more news headlines »

Featured Links