Billy Eckstine died on 8th March, 1993. His last relationship was with Carolle Drake.
During his life he dated Carolle Drake from 1953 to 1977, Gene Ammons, Earl HInes, Wardell Gray, Maxine Sullivan, Kenny Dorham, Fats Navarro, Art Blakey, Tadd Dameron, Gil Fuller, June Eckstine, Lena Horne, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Nelson Riddle, Dexter Gordon, Charlie Parker, Count Basie and Sarah Vaughan.
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William Clarence "Billy" Eckstine (July 8, 1914 – March 8, 1993) was an American singer with a rich, resonant, almost operatic baritone voice and a bandleader of the swing era. Eckstine's recording of "I Apologize" (MGM, 1948) was awarded the Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1999.
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