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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Johnny Dollar, who was born in 1933 (age 70); Mickey Dolenz of the Monkees in 1945 (age 58); Randy Meisner, bassist and vocalist with Poco and with the Eagles, in 1946 (age 57); singer/songwriter Carole Bayer Sager and Three Dog
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Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Trumpeter Wendell Culley was born this day in 1906 in Worcester, Mass. He worked with Cab Calloway, Lionel Hampton and Count Basie, principally as a section player.
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Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Jo Jones, the jazz drummer who was the Count Basie Orchestra's original rhythm ace, was born this day in 1911 in Chicago. "Papa Jo" forever changed the role of the jazz drummer by transferring the basic beat from the bass drum to the hi-hat cymbals.
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Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Guitarist Howard Roberts was born this day in 1929 in Phoenix. After moving to Los Angeles in 1950, he became a prolific and versatile studio musician.
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Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Trumpeter Fats Navarro was born this day in 1923 in Key West, Fla. This leading bebop soloist settled in New York in 1946 after succeeding Dizzy Gillespie in the Billy Eckstine band, then began a very important association with Tadd Dameron. His career wa
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The Almanac

Today is Monday, July 8, the 189th day of 2002 with 176 to follow.
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Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Singer Billy Eckstine, lovingly known to his fans as "Mr. B," was born this day in Pittsburgh in 1914.
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Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Bass player Eugene Wright was born this day in 1923. He signed on with the Dave Brubeck Quartet in 1958, where his solid timekeeping became the base for Brubeck's experiments with polyrhythms and unusual time signatures.
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Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Today is March 27. Singer Sarah Vaughan, whose heavenly voice brought her the nickname "The Divine One," was born this day in 1924 in Newark, N.J.
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Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Today is Jan. 8.
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William Clarence “Billy” Eckstein (July 8, 1914 – March 8, 1993) was an American singer of ballads and bandleader of the swing era. Eckstine's smooth baritone and distinctive vibrato broke down barriers throughout the 1940s, first as leader of the original bop big-band, then as the first romantic black male in popular music.

Eckstein's grandparents were William F. Eckstein and Nannie Eckstein, a mixed race, lawfully married couple who lived in Washington D.C.; both were born in the year 1863. William F. was born in Prussia and Nannie in Virginia.

An influence looming large in the cultural development of soul and R&B singers from Sam Cooke to Prince, Eckstine was able to play it straight on his pop hits "Prisoner of Love," "My Foolish Heart" and "I Apologize." Raised in Washington, D.C., Eckstine began singing at the age of seven and entered many amateur talent shows. He had also planned on a football career, but after breaking his collar bone, he made music his focus. After working his way west to Chicago, Eckstine joined Earl Hines' Grand Terrace Orchestra in 1939, staying with the band as vocalist and, occasionally, trumpeter, until 1943. By that time, he had begun to make a name for himself through the Hines band's radio shows with such juke box hits as "Stormy Monday Blues" and his own "Jelly Jelly."

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.
It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Billy Eckstine."
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