Billy Eckstine: “Lonesome Lover Blues”

22 Nov

 Billy Eckstine, Mr. B. — in 1950 rivaled Frank Sinatra for popularity. Today? Not so much. The first great romantic black singer. His band members included Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon, Miles Davis, Art Blakey and Charlie Parker, among others. Said Quincy Jones: “If he’d been white, the sky would have been the limit.”

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