Ernie Andrews

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Ernie Andrews
Birth name Ernie Andrews
Born (1927-12-25) December 25, 1927 (age 87)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Origin Los Angeles, California
Genres Blues
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals
Labels Columbia
Associated acts

Harry James

Dexter Gordon, r. & Ernie Andrews, l. at KJAZ radio, Alameda CA December 1980. Photo by Brian McMillen

Ernie Andrews (born December 25, 1927, Philadelphia) is an American jazz, blues, and pop singer.[1] He grew up in Los Angeles, and one of his first jobs was with the Harry James orchestra. He went on to be recorded by Columbia Records and others.[2] His career declined in the 1960s and 1970s, but would rebound in the 1980s.[1]

He latterly recorded with the Capp/Pierce Juggernaut Band, Gene Harris, Jay McShann, and the Harper Brothers. Andrews played a leading part in the documentary film, Blues for Central Avenue.[1]



Andrews with Kenny Burrell

Andrews with Capp/Pierce Juggernaut Band (leaders: Frank Capp-drums, Nat Pierce-piano)

  • Capp/Pierce Orchestra: Juggernaut (Concord, 1976)
  • Juggernaut Strikes Again! (Concord, 1982)

Andrews with Gene Harris & the Philip Morris Superband

  • Jazz: Live At Town Hall, N.Y.C. (Concord, 1989)

Andrews with Jay McShann & the Paris All-Stars

  • Paris All-Star Blues: A Tribute To Charlie Parker (Music Masters, 1991)

Andrews with The Harper Brothers Band (leaders: Winard Harper-drums, Philip Harper-trumpet)

  • You Can Hide Inside The Music (Verve, 1992)

Andrews with Gene Harris & the Philip Morris All-Stars

  • Live (Concord, 1998)

Andrews with The Legacy Band

  • The Legacy Lives On (Mack Avenue, 2000)

Andrews with Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra (leaders: Jeff Clayton-alto sax, John Clayton-bass, Jeff Hamilton-drums)

  • The L.A. Treasures Project: Live At Alvas Showroom (Capri, 2014)

Solo albums[edit]

  • 1957: In The Dark with Ernie Andrews, Gene Norman Presents (GNP) #28. LP
  • 1959: The Importance Of Being Ernest, Gene Norman Presents (GNP) #42. LP
  • 1965: Live Session! Cannonball Adderley with Ernie Andrews, Capitol #ST-2284. LP/reissued on CD
  • 1967: This Is Ernie Andrews, Dot #DLP-3778/25778. LP/reissued on CD
  • 1968: Soul Proprietor, Dot #DLP-3843/25843. LP
  • 1970: Ernie Andrews Sings with the Fuzzy Kane Trio, Phil-L.A. Of Soul #4002. LP
  • 1975: Travelin' Light, GNP Crescendo #10008. LP/reissued on CD (NOTE: this is a collection/compilation of material from the two earlier GNP albums)
  • 1979: Hear Me Now!, LMI Records #1011. LP
  • 1981: From The Heart, Discovery #825. LP
  • 1993: No Regrets, Muse #5484. LP/CD
  • 1995: The Great City, Muse #5543. CD
  • 1998: The Many Faces Of Ernie Andrews, High Note #7018. CD
  • 2001: Girl Talk, High Note #7073. CD
  • 2003: Jump For Joy, High Note #7103. CD
  • 2006: How About Me, High Note #7151. CD

Original 10" shellac (78rpm) and 7" vinyl (45rpm) releases[edit]

  • 1945: "Wrap It Up, Put It Away (Till Daddy Comes Home From The Army)" b/w "Soothe Me", Gem 1
  • 1945: "Dream Awhile" b/w "Green Gin", Gem 2
  • 1946: "You Go To My Head" b/w "Don't Let The Sun Catch You Cryin'", Coronet 1020
  • 1946: "Paradise Lost" b/w "I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance", Coronet 1021
  • 1946: "Baby I'm Gone" b/w "My Pretty", G & G 1028
  • 1946: "BE NICE" b/w "HOW GOOD IT FEELS TO BE GLAD", Aladdin 175
  • 1947: "DON'T BLAME ME" b/w "TWO KINDS OF WOMEN", Aladdin 185
  • 1947: "REST YOURSELF" b/w "TRUE", Aladdin 186
  • 1947: "TRUST IN ME" b/w "I CAN'T GET YOUR LIPS", Aladdin 192
  • 1947: "SUMMERTIME" b/w "S' WONDERFUL", Aladdin 193
  • 1947: "HURRY HOME" b/w "DON'T HESITATE TOO LONG", Aladdin 195
  • 1947: "Hickory Dickory Dock" b/w "Soothe Me" (re-recording), Columbia 37975
  • 1948: "Baby I'm Gone" (reissue) b/w "Green Gin" (reissue), Exclusive 55X
  • 1948: "Don't Let The Sun Catch You Cryin'" (reissue) b/w "Too Bad" (B-side is by Bobby Pittman; this too is a reissue from the Gem/Coronet/G & G catalog), Exclusive 81X
  • 1949: "That's The Way My Baby Closes Her Eyes" b/w "Don't Ask Me Why", Decca 48096
  • 1949: "Bein' In Love's Been Good To Me" b/w "You Better Be Satisfied", Columbia 30187
  • 1949: "I Don't Want To See You Cry Anymore" b/w "The Dog, The Cat And Me", London 16011
  • 1950: "Nobody Told Your Lips To Say Hello" b/w "Go 'Way Blues", London 17010
  • 1951: "Forget About The Whole Affair" b/w "Pork Chops And Mustard Greens", Imperial 5132
  • 1951: "Travelin' Baby" b/w "J.T.'s Blues", Imperial 5140
  • 1954: "Don't Lead Me On" b/w "Make Me A Present Of You", Trend 68
  • 1955: "Soft Winds" b/w "In The Still Of The Night", Spark 118
  • 195?: "Too Late" b/w ???, King ????
  • 1958: "Around The World" b/w "My Mother's Eyes", Whippet 213
  • 1959: "Frankie And Johnny" b/w "So Hard To Laugh, So Easy To Cry", Roulette 4139
  • 1959: "She's Got To Go" b/w ???, M-G-M ?????
  • 1960: "If There Were Dreams For Sale" b/w "You're A Memory", Mercury 71644
  • 1961: "West Coast Blues" b/w "Candy", Riverside 4503
  • 1964: "River's Invitation, Pt. 1" b/w "River's Invitation, Pt. 2", Tangerine 955
  • 1965: "Where Were You (When I Needed You)" b/w "What Do I See In The Girl", Capitol 5448
  • 1965: "Fine Young Girl" b/w "Then I'll Know", Capitol 5530

Note: Andrews recorded for approximately two dozen labels (both major and indie) over the years.


  1. ^ a b c "Biography by Scott Yanow". Retrieved August 2011. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]

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