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William Gillespie (III)

Better known for his robust baritone voice than his visual appearance, African-American singer William Gillespie had one impressive, isolated shot at major film attention with Blues in the Night (1941) although nothing long lasting panned out. Born William Henry Gillespie on January 31, 1908 in Nashville, his parents (John Henry Gillespie and the ... See full bio »

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Known For

Blues in the Night
Blues in the Night Baritone Singer in Jail Cell
(1941)
Yankee Doodle Dandy
Yankee Doodle Dandy Baritone Solo - Grand Old Flag Number
(1942)
A Walk in the Sun
A Walk in the Sun Soundtrack
(1945)

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 1947 They Won't Believe Me
Waiter (uncredited)
 1945 Rhapsody in Blue
Porgy (uncredited)
 1944 Two-Man Submarine
Native (uncredited)
 1943 Cabin in the Sky
Soloist in 'Little Black Sheep' (uncredited)
 1942 Yankee Doodle Dandy
Baritone Solo - Grand Old Flag Number (uncredited)
 1941 Blues in the Night
Baritone Singer in Jail Cell (uncredited)
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 2009 Johnny Mercer: The Dream's on Me (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "Blues in the Night")
 1945 A Walk in the Sun (performer: "It Was Just a Little Walk in the Sun" - uncredited)
 1941 Blues in the Night (performer: "Blues in the Night" (1941))
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 2009 Johnny Mercer: The Dream's on Me (TV Movie documentary)
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According to Bill Capello in his May 2014 Classic Images article on Gillespie, the singer received the rank of Corporal before being honorably discharged from the Army during the WWII era. He is buried in the Nashville National Cemetery in South Madison, Tennessee.

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