Billy “Mr. B” Eckstine dies at the age of 78

March 8

On March 8, 1993, Billy “Mr. B” Eckstine died at the age of 78 in 1993.

William Clarence “Billy” Eckstine, known as “Mr.B.” was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1914. Billy Eckstine was a famous jazz musician and bandleader.  Eckstine attended Howard University before pursuing his music career. He is known for musical hits like “I Apologize” and “Jelly” among others. Eckstine died in 1993 at 78 years old.


Severo, R. (1993, March 9). Billy Eckstine, 78, band leader and velvet-voiced singer, dies. The New York Times. Retrieved March 1, 2023, from

WP Company. (1993, March 9). Singer-bandleader Billy Eckstine dies. The Washington Post. Retrieved March 1, 2023, from 

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