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
Born (1927-12-25) December 25, 1927 (age 88)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Origin Los Angeles, California
Genres Blues, jazz, pop
Occupation(s) Singer
Labels Columbia
Associated acts Harry James

Ernie Andrews (born December 25, 1927, Philadelphia) is an American jazz, blues, and pop singer.


Ernie Andrews grew up in Los Angeles[1] and is said to have been discovered by songwriter Joe Greene in 1945. Greene wrote his biggest hit, Soothe Me.[2]

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.[1] 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.[3]



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 Jay McShann & the Paris All-Stars

  • Paris All-Star Blues: A Tribute to Charlie Parker (Music Masters, 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 The Legacy Band

with Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra

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


  • 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)
  • 1959: "She's Got to Go" b/w ?, (MGM)
  • 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. ^ a b [1] Archived October 25, 2005, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Chadbourne, Eugene. "Joe Greene | Biography & History | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 15 September 2016. 
  3. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Ernie Andrews | Biography & History | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 15 September 2016. 

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