Cary Ginell, author of The Evolution of Mann and Walk Tall, recently met up with the folks at Inquiry to discuss his latest, Mr. B: The Music and Life of Billy Eckstine!

Onstage and Backstage


About the Book Mr. B: The Music and Life of Billy Eckstine traces, for the first time, the life of one of the twentieth century’s most amazing success stories. This biography recounts his rise to success, his roles as an emcee and a bandleader, his two longest-standing marriages brought down by the enticing opportunities that came with being a star, and his support of the civil rights movement. Eckstine sold millions of records, had a passionate fanbase (mostly women) called “Billy Soxers,” and even created his own line of Mr. B shirt collars..   Amazon    BarnesandNoble    IndieBound


Cary Ginell is an award-winning author, annotator, discographer, and music historian whose expertise encompasses a wide variety of musical genres. He has been honored five times by the Association for Recorded Sound Collections, is a recipient of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award, and was nominated for a Grammy. Mr. B is his seventh book.

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