William Lee Tipton - "Billy" - was an American jazz musician. He began his music career in the 1930s as a bandleader for broadcast radio. In the 1940s, he toured the Midwest with various dance bands and in 1957 recorded two successful albums: Sweet Georgia Brown and Billy Tipton Plays Hi-Fi on Piano.
The success of the albums led to several offers - including the chance to record four more. However, Tipton rejected all offers and settled down in Spokane, WA. He thereafter worked as a talent broker and performed weekly with his trio. Due to worsening arthritis, Tipton's performance career ended in the late 1970s.
Tipton kept his trans status hidden from most people, including his partners and adopted children.
This shirt is a part of Transguy Supply's Trans History Series. Each shirt in this series was illustrated and signed by Artist & Fashion Designer, Auston Bjorkman.
Make sure to check out the 2020 film about Billy Tipton - No Ordinary Man co-written by trans folx, Chase Joynt and Amos Mac.
• 100% ring-spun cotton
• Sport Grey is 90% ring-spun cotton, 10% polyester
• Dark Heather is 65% polyester, 35% cotton
• 4.5 oz/y² (153 g/m²)
• Shoulder-to-shoulder taping
• Quarter-turned to avoid crease down the center
Size Guide: XS S M L XL 2XL 3XL 4XL
Length (inches) 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34
Width (inches) 16 ½ 18 20 22 24 26 28 30