Ella & The Bee Jays
Ella & The Bee Jays (New York)
(Buddy Johnson & His Orchestra)
Ella Johnson (Lead)
Ella Johnson & The Bee Jays
1952 - I'm Gonna Jump In The River / Til' My baby Comes Back (Decca 27947)
1952 - Baby You're Always On My Mind (Decca 28293)
The Bee Jays
1956 - Bring It Home To Me / Rock On (Buddy Johnson) (Mercury 70912)
1957 - Oh! Baby Don't You Know (Mercury 71068x45, MG 20322, EP 1-3385)
Born Ella Mae Jackson in Darlington, South Carolina, United States, she joined her brother Buddy Johnson in New York as a teenager, where he was leading a popular band at the Savoy Ballroom. Her singing drew comparisons to Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. her sweet, sexy voice features on many of the band's finest recordings.
She also recorded as part of the Bee Jays producing a couple of superb bluesy sides in 1952 -'I'm Gonna Jump In The River' (Decca 27947) and 'Baby, You're Always On My Mind' (Decca 28293, 1952).
Julius Watson, Steve Pulliam, Ella Johnson & Purvis Henson
The Bee Jays vocal group who accompany her was an in-house studio aggregation made up of Buddy Johnson's band members Julius Watson, Steve Pulliam and Purvis Henson.
(Updated by Hans-Joachim)
Baby You're Always On My Mind I'm Gonna Jump In The River
Bring It Home To Me
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