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The Resource Mr. B. : the life and music of Billy Eckstine, Cary Ginell ; with a foreword by Ed Eckstein

Mr. B. : the life and music of Billy Eckstine, Cary Ginell ; with a foreword by Ed Eckstein

Label
Mr. B. : the life and music of Billy Eckstine
Title
Mr. B.
Title remainder
the life and music of Billy Eckstine
Statement of responsibility
Cary Ginell ; with a foreword by Ed Eckstein
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"In 1950, Billy Eckstine was the most popular singer in America. Movie-star handsome with an elegant pencil-thin mustache and a wide vibrato, Eckstine possessed one of the most magnificent voices in popular music history. Born in Pittsburgh, Eckstine won a talent contest by imitating Cab Calloway and started leading jazz orchestras under the name Baron Billy. In 1939, he joined Earl Hines' orchestra, composing and performing the hits "Jelly, Jelly" and "Stormy Monday Blues." In 1944, he formed what is now considered the first bebop orchestra that included, during its brief three-year run, legendary figures such as Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, and Sarah Vaughan. Signing with MGM, he rose to superstar status, sold millions of records, marketed his own line of "Mr. B." shirt collars, and inspired an army of female admirers, known as "Billy-soxers." Eckstine fought all his life for recognition and respect in his quest to become America's first black romantic singing idol, but he faced hardships in the segregated music world of the '40s and '50s. Despite this, he went on to influence many singers who followed, including Arthur Prysock, Johnny Hartman, Johnny Mathis, Kevin Mahogany, Barry White, and even Elvis Presley. In this book, Cary Ginell traces, for the first time, the life of one of the twentieth century's most amazing success stories, the man known simply as "Mr. B.""
Member of
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Ginell, Cary
Dewey number
  • 782.42164092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
The Hal Leonard jazz biography series
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Eckstine, Billy
  • Singers
  • Jazz
Label
Mr. B. : the life and music of Billy Eckstine, Cary Ginell ; with a foreword by Ed Eckstein
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xix, 228 pages
Isbn
9781458419804
Isbn Type
(softcover)
Lccn
2013025628
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
16 unnumbered pages of plates
System control number
  • (OCoLC)827257129
  • ocn827257129
  • OCoLC
Label
Mr. B. : the life and music of Billy Eckstine, Cary Ginell ; with a foreword by Ed Eckstein
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xix, 228 pages
Isbn
9781458419804
Isbn Type
(softcover)
Lccn
2013025628
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
16 unnumbered pages of plates
System control number
  • (OCoLC)827257129
  • ocn827257129
  • OCoLC

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