Billy Eckstine in the recording studio, circa 1948.
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Billy Eckstine in a recording studio, leaning on a counter, with sheet music and a microphone in front of him. Visible through a window behind him is a small orchestra.

Credit: Photo by William P. Gottlieb/Ira and Leonore S. Gershwin Fund Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress

After leading an all-star bop big band, Billy Eckstine in 1947 signed with MGM Records and began a solo career as a ballad singer. In the late 1940s he recorded a string of hits, including "Everything I Have is Yours" (1947), "Blue Moon" (1948), and "Caravan" (1949).

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