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
Occupation(s)Singer
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.

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]

  • 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)

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.
  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". 45cat.com. Retrieved March 19, 2017.
  7. ^ OCLC 36401002
  8. ^ "Harry James live at the Riverboat [sound recording]". Mobius. Retrieved December 20, 2018.
  9. ^ OCLC 28844294