Ernie Andrews

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Ernie Andrews
Dexter Gordon & Ernie Andrews.jpg
Ernie Andrews, left, and Dexter Gordon at KJAZ, Alameda, California, December 1980
Background information
Birth nameErnest Mitchell Andrews Jr.
Born (1927-12-25) December 25, 1927 (age 92)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
GenresBlues, jazz, pop
LabelsGNP, Capitol, Dot, GNP Crescendo, Discovery, Muse, HighNote
Associated actsHarry James

Ernest Mitchell Andrews Jr.,[1] known as Ernie Andrews (born December 25, 1927) is an American jazz, blues, and pop singer.


Ernie Andrews was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, but grew up in Los Angeles,[2] and is said to have been discovered by songwriter Joe Greene in 1945. Greene wrote his biggest hit, "Soothe Me".[3]

Andrews was a member of the Harry James orchestra, debuting on November 26, 1958 at the Blue Note jazz club in Chicago. He recorded with Columbia Records and others.[2] His career declined in the 1960s and 1970s but would rebound in the 1980s. He 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.[4]


As leader[edit]

  • In the Dark (GNP, 1957)
  • Live Session! Cannonball Adderley with Ernie Andrews, (Capitol, 1964)
  • This Is Ernie Andrews (Dot, 1967)
  • Soul Proprietor (Dot, 1968)
  • Ernie Andrews Sings with the Fuzzy Kane Trio (Phil L.A. of Soul, 1971)
  • Travelin' Light (GNP Crescendo 1975)
  • Hear Me Now! (LMI, 1979)
  • Sings from the Heart (Discovery, 1981)
  • No Regrets (Muse, 1993)
  • The Great City (Muse, 1995)
  • The Many Faces of Ernie Andrews (HighNote, 1998)
  • Girl Talk (HighNote, 2001)
  • How About Me (HighNote, 2006)
  • The L.A. Treasures Project with Barbara Morrison, Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra (Capri, 2014)

As sideman[edit]

With Kenny Burrell

With Capp/Pierce Juggernaut Band

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

With Harry James

  • One Night Stand with Harry James at the Blue Note (Joyce, 1983)[5]
  • "She's Got to Go" (45 rpm single, MGM, 1959)[6]
  • Duke Ellington, Harry James, Herb Pomeroy, Jon Hendricks (Europa Jazz, 1981).[7]
  • Live at the Riverboat (Dot, 1966)[8]
  • Our Leader! (Dot, 1967)[9]

With others

78s and 45s[edit]

  • 1945: "Wrap It Up, Put It Away (Till Daddy Comes Home from the Army)" b/w "Soothe Me", (Gem)
  • 1945: "Dream Awhile" b/w "Green Gin", (Gem)
  • 1946: "You Go to My Head" b/w "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Cryin'", (Coronet)
  • 1946: "Paradise Lost" b/w "I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance", (Coronet)
  • 1946: "Baby I'm Gone" b/w "My Pretty", (G & G)
  • 1946: "Be Nice" b/w "How Good It Feels to Be Glad", (Aladdin)
  • 1946: "You Chased the Goody Goody (Out of My Eyes)" b/w "So Easy to Say Forgive Me", (Aladdin)
  • 1947: "Don't Blame Me" b/w "Two Kinds of Women", (Aladdin)
  • 1947: "Rest Yourself" b/w "True", (Aladdin)
  • 1947: "Trust in Me" b/w "I Can't Get Your Lips", (Aladdin)
  • 1947: "Summertime" b/w "S'Wonderful", (Aladdin)
  • 1947: "Hurry Home" b/w "Don't Hesitage Too Long", (Aladdin)
  • 1947: "Hickory Dickory Dock" b/w "Soothe Me" (re-recording), (Columbia)
  • 1948: "Baby I'm Gone" (reissue) b/w "Green Gin" (reissue), (Exclusive)
  • 1948: "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Cryin'" (reissue) b/w "Too Bad", (Exclusive)
  • 1949: "That's the Way My Baby Closes Her Eyes" b/w "Don't Ask Me Why", (Decca)
  • 1949: "Bein' in Love's Been Good to Me" b/w "You Better Be Satisfied", (Columbia)
  • 1949: "I Don't Want to See You Cry Anymore" b/w "The Dog, the Cat and Me", (London)
  • 1950: "Nobody Told Your Lips to Say Hello" b/w "Go 'Way Blues", (London)
  • 1951: "Forget About the Whole Affair" b/w "Pork Chops and Mustard Greens", (Imperial)
  • 1951: "Travelin' Baby" b/w "J.T.'s Blues", (Imperial)
  • 1954: "Don't Lead Me On" b/w "Make Me a Present of You", (Trend)
  • 1955: "Soft Winds" b/w "In the Still of the Night", (Spark)
  • 195?: "Too Late" b/w ???, (King)
  • 1958: "Around the World" b/w "My Mother's Eyes", (Whippet)
  • 1959: "Frankie and Johnny" b/w "So Hard to Laugh, So Easy to Cry", (Roulette)
  • 1960: "If There Were Dreams for Sale" b/w "You're a Memory", (Mercury)
  • 1961: "West Coast Blues" b/w "Candy", (Riverside)
  • 1964: "River's Invitation, Pt. 1" b/w "River's Invitation, Pt. 2", (Tangerine)
  • 1965: "Where Were You (When I Needed You)" b/w "What Do I See in the Girl", (Capitol)
  • 1965: "Fine Young Girl" b/w "Then I'll Know", (Capitol)


  1. ^ Eagle, Bob; LeBlanc, Eric S. (2013). Blues - A Regional Experience. Santa Barbara: Praeger Publishers. p. 335. ISBN 978-0313344237.
  2. ^ a b [1] Archived October 25, 2005, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Chadbourne, Eugene. "Joe Greene | Biography & History | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  4. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Ernie Andrews | Biography & History | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  5. ^ "One Night Stand with Harry James at The Blue Note [sound recording]". Mobius. Retrieved March 21, 2017.
  6. ^ "Harry James And His Orchestra – K12776". Retrieved March 19, 2017.
  7. ^ OCLC 36401002
  8. ^ "Harry James live at the Riverboat [sound recording]". Mobius. Retrieved December 20, 2018.
  9. ^ OCLC 28844294