William Boone Daniels September 12, — October 7,better known as Billy Danielswas an American singer active in the United States and Europe from the mids tonotable for his hit recording of " That Old Black Magic " and his pioneering performances on early s television. Daniels was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Daniels was born in Jacksonville, FloridaUnited States. His mother was a schoolteacher and organist. He planned to become a lawyer, but he was sidetracked during the Depression.
His grandmother was a seamstress in Harlem for the Ziegfeld Folliesand she encouraged her grandson to sing at Dickie Wells, the club where he first worked as a dishwasher, then a singing waiter. Throughouthe sang daily on New York radio for 12 different sponsors. Daniels performed frequently at nightclubs on New York's 52nd Streetwhere he was one of the first singers to leave the big-band scene and pursue a solo career.
He sometimes made three 52nd Street club performances per night. Daniels had several accompanists, including Nat Colewhile in New York. Payne remained as accompanist for the rest of Daniel's career. Daniels' first trademark song from his time on New York radio was the song "Diane," which he recorded on Bluebird in His sensational performance in in Bill Miller's Riveria Club led to holdover appearances.
Daniels was popular in Europe after he headlined at the London Palladium The Ramsey Lewis Trio - Never On Sundayhaving broken the house records.
His vocal stylings and trademark dance movements were widely imitated by the impressionists of the era. InDaniels was the first entertainer to sign a longterm contract to appear in Las Vegas for three years at the Stardust. Daniels had Billy Cole / Davis & Crooks - Extra Careful / Bump All Night in musicals on Broadway early in his career with a minor role in a short-lived musical, Memphis Bound Daniels was a pioneer in the new Billy Cole / Davis & Crooks - Extra Careful / Bump All Night of television with his own television series on ABC in The Billy Daniels Show was sponsored by Rybutol, a popular vitamin tablet at the time.
This minute show, telecast from New York Survival A.K.A. Black Survivors - Bob Marley - Chant Down Babylon Sunday evenings from what was later to become The Ed Sullivan Theater and now The Late Show was a milestone: the first sponsored network television series starring a black performer.
In the original script for the movie Goodfellas working title: "Wiseguys" the narration of the character Karen Hill was to include, "One night, Billy Daniels sent us champagne. There was nothing like it. Daniels' recordings cover the period of transition from rpm to the dawn of microgroove recording.
Daniels was married four times: Gladys Gordan divorced ; Florence Clotworthy died ; Martha Braun divorced ; and Pierrette from to his death in Daniels and Gladys Gordan had one child; Yvonne Daniels. Clotworthy died in Braun filed for divorce in Juarez, Mexicociting mental cruelty. He did not contest the action. Pierrette had two daughters with Daniels; Andrea and Dominique. Pierrette H. Daniels, Daniels' widow deceasedand their daughter Dominique Daniels founded a c 3 non-profit organization, the Billy Daniels Foundation, raising money for under served youths seeking Arts Education support in her late husband's name.
Daniels had heart-bypass surgery twice, first in and then five years later in Daniels died on October 7,from stomach cancer at the age of 73 in Los Angeles, California. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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