William "Bob" Bailey, a singer, TV host and Las Vegas civil rights trailblazer who was the first chairman of the Nevada Equal Rights Commission, has died. He was 87.
Bailey, who suffered from Parkinson's disease, died May 24 under hospice care in Las Vegas, according to the Clark County coroner's office.
Born in Detroit on Feb. 14, 1927, Bailey was raised in Cleveland and graduated from Morehouse College in Atlanta, where he was a classmate of Martin Luther King Jr.
He toured and recorded with the Count Basie Orchestra as a featured singer in the late 1940s and began performing as Bob Bailey to avoid being confused with a cousin, Bill Bailey, who also sang...