Jazz pianist and saxophonist (1914-1989); leader of the Billy Tipton Trio (later Quartet). Probably best known for the discovery after his death that he was born Dorothy and had been a woman living as a man for all of his adult life. While the cross-dressing probably began as a way to get work as a jazz musician, he later married several times and had three adopted sons, none of whom knew he was really a woman.

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HistoryLink Essay: Tipton, Billy (1914-1989): Spokane's Secretive Jazzman
Article by Peter Blecha includes an image of one of his record covers. (September 17, 2005)
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