Billy Tipton

William Lee Tipton born on December 29, 1914 and died on January 21, 1989, was an American jazz musician and bandleader.

Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Tipton grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, where he was raised by an aunt after his mother died.

He rarely saw his father, G. W. Tipton, a pilot who sometimes took him for airplane rides.

As a high-school student, Tipton went by the nickname “Tippy” and became interested in music, especially jazz, studying piano and saxophone. He returned to Oklahoma for his final year of high school and joined the school band there.

In 1936, Tipton was the leader of a band playing on KFXR. In 1938, Tipton joined Louvenie’s Western Swingbillies, a band that played on KTOK and at Brown’s Tavern.

By 1940 he was touring the Midwest playing at dances with Scott Cameron’s band.

In 1941 he began a two and a half-year run performing at Joplin’s Cotton Club with George Meyer’s band, then toured for a time with Ross Carlyle, then played for two years in Texas.

Tipton began touring the Pacific Northwest in 1949 with George Meyer.

While this tour was far from glamorous, the band’s appearances at Roseburg, Oregon’s Shalimar Room were recorded by a local radio station, and so recordings exist of Tipton’s work during this time, including “If I Knew Then” and “Sophisticated Swing”.

The trio’s signature song was “Flying Home”, performed in a close imitation of Benny Goodman’s band.

As George Meyer’s band became more successful, they began getting more prestigious work, performing with The Ink Spots, the Delta Rhythm Boys, and Billy Eckstine at the Boulevard Club in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Tipton began playing piano alone at the Elks club in Longview, Washington. In Longview, he started the Billy Tipton Trio, which consisted of Tipton on piano, Dick O’Neil on drums, and Kenny Richards (and later Ron Kilde) on bass. The trio gained local popularity.

During a performance on tour at King’s Supper Club in Santa Barbara, California, a talent scout from Tops Records heard them play and got them a contract.

The Billy Tipton Trio recorded two albums of jazz standards for Tops: Sweet Georgia Brown and Billy Tipton Plays Hi-Fi on Piano, both released early in 1957.

Among the pieces performed were “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man”, “Willow Weep for Me”, “What’ll I Do”, and “Don’t Blame Me”. In 1957, the albums sold 17,678 copies, a “respectable” sum for a small independent record label.

After the albums’ success, the Billy Tipton Trio was offered a position as house band at the Holiday Hotel in Reno, Nevada, and Tops Records invited the trio to record four more albums.

Tipton declined both offers, choosing instead to move to Spokane, Washington, where he worked as a talent broker and the trio was the house band at Allen’s Tin Pan Alley, performing weekly.

He played mainly swing standards rather than the jazz he preferred.

His performances included skits in the vaudeville tradition, in which he imitated celebrities such as Liberace and Elvis Presley.

In some of these sketches, he played a little girl.

He mentored young musicians at the Dave Sobol Theatrical Agency.

In the late 1970s, worsening arthritis forced Tipton to retire from music.

WordPress 4.9 Tipton

WordPress 4.9 Tipton – named “Tipton” in honor of jazz musician and band leader Billy Tipton, was released yesterday from

Tipton brings some very interesting changes and new features – especially the Customizer panel in WordPress has been added some quite nifty new features.

Theme Browsing in Customizer

WordPress 4.9 brings several very interesting new features and improvements to the Customizer.

These changes offer a better user experience and a new set of tools for developers.

Previewing and changing themes directly from customizer is now more user friendly.

View all installed themes in the preview panel and click on the live preview button to load them in customizer.
View all installed themes in the preview panel and click on the live preview button to load them in customizer.
You can also browse and search themes and install them directly from customizer.

A new “Browse themes” section and button has been added to the Customizer:

You can also browse and search themes and install them directly from customizer.

Browse themes - WordPRess 4.9 Tipton -

Save and schedule changes in the Customizer

WordPress 4.9 adds several very interesting new features to the theme customizer.

You can store and share changes as previews without applying them.

This new feature allows you to easily share a preview of those changes.

Simply copy the preview URL and send it to a co-worker who ten will be able to see the new changes without login.

The Customizer in WordPress 4.9 Tipton also allows you to easily schedule theme changes to be automatically published later.

Theme developers will now be able to use these new changes in the customizer JS API.

These changes will allow them to add better controls, beautiful outer panels, and display notifications on screen.

New Gallery Widget in WordPress 4.9 Tipton

WordPress 4.8 introduced new media widgets which included rich text, audio, image, and video. WordPress 4.9 builds up on that with the introduction of the new gallery widget.

This new widgets allows you to create a native WordPress gallery and add it to your WordPress sidebar or any widget ready areas.

Just like the native WordPress galleries, this widget is also limited in terms of functionality. If you want a more powerful gallery with albums, then you need to look at a third-party plugin.

Add Media Button in Text Widget

The text widget in WordPress 4.8 came with plain text and HTML tabs. However, if you wanted to add an image in sidebar text widget, then you still had to write the HTML code.

WordPress 4.9 has fixed this by adding the ‘Add Media’ button in the text widget. Now you can easily select or upload an image directly inside the text widget.

OEmbed Support Outside Post Content

Previously automatic embeds didn’t work in areas other than post content. With WordPress 4.9, oEmbeds will now work in text widgets and other areas as well.

Shortcode in Sidebar Text Widgets

WordPress didn’t allow shortcode execution in text widgets.

Users had to explicitly enable shortcodes in text widgets.

WordPress 4.9 will finally change that and users will be able to add shortcodes in text widgets out of the box.

New Code Editing Experience in WordPress 4.9

WordPress allows you to add HTML/CSS code at various places like theme editor, custom CSS panel, or in custom HTML widget.

Previously, these areas were plain text boxes and didn’t look or act like a proper code editor.

WordPress 4.9 has changed that by adding syntax highlighting, code suggestions, and auto-completion into those areas.

If you have ever faced syntax error when editing your theme, then this enhancement will automatically fix many common mistakes that cause such errors.

If you don’t want to use the syntax highlighting feature, then you can still easily disable it. Simply go to your profile page and uncheck the syntax highlighting option.

One of the big usability issues beginners faced was directly making changes from WordPress built-in editor without fully understanding the consequences. A slightest mistake would lead to a syntax error and making their websites inaccessible.

WordPress 4.9 now shows a warning to users when they access the editor.

It will also show users helpful tips and point them to custom CSS panel in the customizer.

However, many users access the editor not to make changes but to quickly look up code. Particularly when they are working on child themes. To help those users, the editor will now recursively show files and folder in the sidebar for easier browsing of all files in a theme folder.

Under The Hood Changes

WordPress 4.9 also brings several great changes for developers as well. Here are some of those under the hood improvements.

Better mapping for theme widgets and navigation menus after switching themes. #39693#39692

Removal of SWFUpload library from the core. #41752

Require a confirmation link in an email to be clicked by admin when a user attempts to change their email address. #16470

We hope this article offered you a good insight into what’s new in WordPress 4.9. We are particularly excited about the customizer changes. What are you excited about?

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