Personalities | Billy Banks | Thirties | Jazz & Blues

(Vocals, 1908–67)

A crooner and scat singer, Billy Banks was a protégé of agency impresario Irving Mills. He headlined a handful of legendary records in 1932 by the Rhythmakers – less interesting for his vocals than for the punchy, eccentric work of the all-star band, which included Henry ‘Red’ Allen, Pee Wee Russell, Fats Waller, Eddie Condon, Pops Foster, Tommy Dorsey and Zutty Singleton. Banks also recorded with the Mills Blues Rhythm Band in the 1930s before leaving for Europe in 1952. He later settled in Tokyo, where he ran a club.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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