Billy Banks

Born 1908. Died 19 October 1967
Billy Banks
https://static.bbc.co.uk/music_clips/3.0.24/img/default_artist_images/pop1.jpg
1908
https://musicbrainz.org/artist/e1fa73ef-7a51-4a90-ad4c-f425d258a030
Billy Banks

Billy Banks Biography (Wikipedia)

Billy Banks (c. 1908 – October 19, 1967, Tokyo, Japan) was an American jazz singer. Banks is most prominently remembered for being a successful female impersonator on record.

Banks recorded in 1932 with an all-star, multi-racial jazz lineup made up of Red Allen on trumpet, Pee Wee Russell on clarinet, Tommy Dorsey on trombone, Joe Sullivan on piano, Zutty Singleton on drums, and Fats Waller, also on piano; most of the black musicians were from Luis Russell's retinue, while the white ones had been brought to the studio by producer Irving Mills. The vocals were once thought to have been performed by Una Mae Carlisle, but Banks is the actual vocalist.

Banks worked with Russell as a showman and vocalist, and later worked with Noble Sissle. He later performed in cabarets under Billy Rose, then toured Europe, Australia, and East Asia in the 1950s. One of his last recordings was done in Denmark in 1954 with Cy Laurie. Late in the 1950s, he relocated to Japan, and died there in Tokyo in 1967.

This entry is from Wikipedia, the user-contributed encyclopedia. It may not have been reviewed by professional editors and is licensed under an Attribution-ShareAlike Creative Commons License. If you find the biography content factually incorrect or highly offensive you can edit this article at Wikipedia. Find out more about our use of this data.


Billy Banks Tracks

Sort by

Billy Banks
Oh, Peter
https://static.bbc.co.uk/music_clips/3.0.24/img/track_fallback.png
link
Oh, Peter
Pee Wee Russell
I Would Do Anything For You
https://static.bbc.co.uk/music_clips/3.0.24/img/track_fallback.png
link
I Would Do Anything For You
Billy Banks
Who's Sorry Now
https://static.bbc.co.uk/music_clips/3.0.24/img/track_fallback.png
link
Who's Sorry Now
The Rhythmakers
Margie (feat. Al Morgan, Zutty Singleton, Henry “Red” Allen, Pee Wee Russell, Joe Sullivan, Jack Bland, Eddie Condon & Billy Banks)
https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/256x256/p03kc1x6.jpg
link
Margie (feat. Al Morgan, Zutty Singleton, Henry “Red” Allen, Pee Wee Russell, Joe Sullivan, Jack Bland, Eddie Condon & Billy Banks)
Billy Banks
It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing
https://static.bbc.co.uk/music_clips/3.0.24/img/track_fallback.png
link
It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing
Load more tracks

Back to artist