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 91)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
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 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]


  • 1957: In the Dark with Ernie Andrews, (GNP)
  • 1959: The Importance of Being Ernest, (GNP)
  • 1965: Live Session! Cannonball Adderley with Ernie Andrews, (Capitol)
  • 1967: This Is Ernie Andrews, (Dot)
  • 1968: Soul Proprietor, (Dot)
  • 1970: Ernie Andrews Sings with the Fuzzy Kane Trio, (Phil–L.A. of Soul)
  • 1975: Travelin' Light, (GNP Crescendo)
  • 1979: Hear Me Now!, (LMI)
  • 1981: From the Heart, (Discovery)
  • 1993: No Regrets, (Muse)
  • 1995: The Great City, (Muse)
  • 1998: The Many Faces of Ernie Andrews, (HighNote)
  • 2001: Girl Talk, (HighNote)
  • 2003: Jump for Joy, (HighNote)
  • 2006: How About Me, (HighNote)

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)


with Harry James

  • One Night Stand With Harry James At The Blue Note (Joyce LP 1124, 1953/58 [1983])[5]
  • "She's Got To Go" (45 rpm single, MGM K12776, 1959)[6]
  • Duke Ellington, Harry James, Herb Pomeroy, Jon Hendricks (Europa Jazz EJ 1022, 1965 [1981]).[7]
  • Live At The Riverboat (Dot DLP 3728/DLP 25728, 1966)[8]
  • Our Leader! (Dot DLP 3801/DLP 25801, 1967)[9]

with Kenny Burrell

with Capp/Pierce Juggernaut Band

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

with Gene Harris & the Philip Morris Superband

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

with Saskia Laroo and Teddy Edwards]]

with Jay McShann & the Paris All-Stars

  • Paris All-Star Blues: A Tribute to Charlie Parker (Musicmasters, 1991)

with The Harper Brothers Band

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

with Gene Harris & the Philip Morris All-Stars

  • Live (Concord, 1998)

with Plas Johnson

  • Christmas in Hollywood (Carell, 2000)

with The Legacy Band

with Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra

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


  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