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Billy Eckstine
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    (July 8, 1914-March 8, 1993)
    Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    Raised in Washington, D.C.
    Full name was William Clarence Eckstein
    Died of a heart attack at 78
    Recorded jazz standards such as 'I Apologize,' 'Skylark,' 'Prisoner of Love' and 'No One But You'
    He was a pretty boy.
    He changed the spelling of his surname because it looked 'too Jewish.'
    He dropped out of Howard University after one year.
    He was divorced.
    He was famed for his smooth baritone.
    He was the first black male romantic singing idol.
    Always a dapper dresser, he created his own line of 'Mr. B' shirts.
    His bebop big band nurtured the careers of Miles Davis, Dexter Gordon, Charlie Parkerand Sarah Vaughan.

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