One hundred years ago today, the great singer and bandleader Billy Eckstine was born in Pittsburgh.
In a segment marking the centennial, National Public Radio called him "a crooner who crossed barriers."
"Billy Eckstine was smooth as silk. He was tall and handsome, sported a pencil-thin mustache and sang in a distinctive baritone," remarked NPR's Tom Vitale.
In honor of the day, here is Eckstine with Nat King Cole performing "Rosetta":
Hat-tip: 100 Years Ago Today at Twitter (curated by yours truly)