Ernie Andrews

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Ernie Andrews
Ernie Andrews, left, and Dexter Gordon at KJAZ, Alameda, California, December 1980
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 93)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
GenresBlues, jazz, pop
Occupation(s)Singer
LabelsGNP, Capitol, Dot, GNP Crescendo, Discovery, Muse, HighNote
Associated actsHarry James

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

Career[edit]

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]

Discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

As sideman[edit]

With Kenny Burrell

With The Capp/Pierce Juggernaut Band

  • Frank Capp-Nat Pierce Orchestra: Juggernaut (Concord, 1977)
  • Juggernaut Strikes Again! (Concord, 1982)

With Harry James

  • "Blue Baiao" b/w "She's Got to Go" (45rpm single, MGM, 1959) Andrews sings on the B-side[5]
  • Live at the Riverboat (Dot, 1966)[6]
  • Our Leader! (Dot, 1967)[7]
  • Duke Ellington, Harry James, Herb Pomeroy, Jon Hendricks (Europa Jazz, 1981).[8] Live with Harry James & His Orchestra at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1965
  • One Night Stand with Harry James at the Blue Note (Joyce, 1983)[9]

With others

References[edit]

  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. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Ernie Andrews | Biography & History | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 15 September 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Harry James And His Orchestra – K12776". 45cat.com. Retrieved March 19, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Harry James live at the Riverboat [sound recording]". Mobius. Retrieved December 20, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ OCLC 28844294
  8. ^ OCLC 36401002
  9. ^ "One Night Stand with Harry James at The Blue Note [sound recording]". Mobius. Retrieved March 21, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)