Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #001323204: BILLY ECKSTINE

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Scarce vintage fountain pen signature on a 4x5-inch pale yellow autograph album page, acquired in-person in the late 1940s or early 1950s by inveterate collectors Rose and Irene Gellar.  In good condition, overall, with a minor tear to the left edge, well away from the writing, and an affixed magazine image.  Billy Eckstine, marvelous African-American crooner and bandleader of the swing era, is remembered for his smooth baritone and distinctive vibrato voice.  He broke down racial barriers throughout the 1940s, first as leader of the original bop big band and then as the first romantic black male in popular music.  Eckstine's recording of "I Apologize" (1948) was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.