Billy Baskette États-Unis Billy Baskette (né William James Baskette; October 20, 1884 – November 8, 1949) was an American pianist and composer who wrote popular songs of the Tin Pan Alley era. He also wrote one of the most successful World War I war songs, "Good Bye Broadway, Hello France'. Baskette was born on October 20, 1884 in Henderson, Kentucky. His career in music began as a bassist in a circus band.
He also was involved in vaudeville performances as a dancer and a pianist. Later, he became a staff composer for various music publishing firms in Chicago and New York City.