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 Billy Daniels

Billy Daniels

Original Name William Boone
Birth
Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida, USA
Death 7 Oct 1988 (aged 73)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA
Plot Madonna Lawn Section, Lot 360 D
Memorial ID 11357 · View Source
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Singer, Entertainer. Born William Boone Daniels in Jacksonville, Florida, he was the first African American to host a network TV variety program. In 1952, "The Billy Daniels Show" premiered on ABC. He began his career in the 1930s, as the featured vocalist with the Erskine Hawkins Band and was the first entertainer to sign a long term contract to appear in Las Vegas. Signed to Mercury Records, his version of "That Old Black Magic" is reputed to have sold in excess of 12 million copies. He later became a Broadway actor, co-starring in "Golden Boy" with Sammy Davis, Jr. for 568 performances in 1964 and also appeared with Pearl Bailey in a revival of "Hello, Dolly!" in 1975. He also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 1 Aug 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11357
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Billy Daniels (12 Sep 1915–7 Oct 1988), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11357, citing El Camino Memorial Park, San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .