Ernie Andrews

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Ernie Andrews
Dexter Gordon & Ernie Andrews.jpg
Dexter Gordon, r. & Ernie Andrews, l. at KJAZ radio, Alameda CA December 1980.
Background information
Birth name Ernie Andrews
Born (1927-12-25) December 25, 1927 (age 88)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Origin Los Angeles, California
Genres Blues
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals
Labels Columbia
Associated acts Harry James

Ernie Andrews (born December 25, 1927, Philadelphia) is an American jazz, blues, and pop singer.[1]


Ernie Andrews grew up in Los Angeles.[2] He is said to have been discovered by the songwriter Joe Greene in 1945. Greene wrote his biggest hit, Soothe Me.[3] One of Andrews' first jobs was with the Harry James orchestra. He debuted with the James' Band on Nov. 26, 1958 at the Blue Note jazz club in Chicago's Loop <Those Were the Days radio broadcast May 28, 2016 by Karl Pearson>He went on to be recorded by Columbia Records and others.[2] His career declined in the 1960s and 1970s, but would rebound in the 1980s.[1]

He latterly 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.[1]



Andrews with Kenny Burrell

Andrews with Capp/Pierce Juggernaut Band (leaders: Frank Capp-drums, Nat Pierce-piano)

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

Andrews with Gene Harris & the Philip Morris Superband

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

Andrews with Jay McShann & the Paris All-Stars

  • Paris All-Star Blues: A Tribute To Charlie Parker (Music Masters, 1991)

Andrews with The Harper Brothers Band (leaders: Winard Harper-drums, Philip Harper-trumpet)

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

Andrews with Gene Harris & the Philip Morris All-Stars

  • Live (Concord, 1998)

Andrews with The Legacy Band

  • The Legacy Lives On (Mack Avenue, 2000)

Andrews with Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra (leaders: Jeff Clayton-alto sax, John Clayton-bass, Jeff Hamilton-drums)

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

Solo albums[edit]

  • 1957: In The Dark with Ernie Andrews, Gene Norman Presents (GNP) #28. LP
  • 1959: The Importance Of Being Ernest, Gene Norman Presents (GNP) #42. LP
  • 1965: Live Session! Cannonball Adderley with Ernie Andrews, Capitol #ST-2284. LP/reissued on CD
  • 1967: This Is Ernie Andrews, Dot #DLP-3778/25778. LP/reissued on CD
  • 1968: Soul Proprietor, Dot #DLP-3843/25843. LP
  • 1970: Ernie Andrews Sings with the Fuzzy Kane Trio, Phil-L.A. Of Soul #4002. LP
  • 1975: Travelin' Light, GNP Crescendo #10008. LP/reissued on CD (NOTE: this is a collection/compilation of material from the two earlier GNP albums)
  • 1979: Hear Me Now!, LMI Records #1011. LP
  • 1981: From The Heart, Discovery #825. LP
  • 1993: No Regrets, Muse #5484. LP/CD
  • 1995: The Great City, Muse #5543. CD
  • 1998: The Many Faces Of Ernie Andrews, High Note #7018. CD
  • 2001: Girl Talk, High Note #7073. CD
  • 2003: Jump For Joy, High Note #7103. CD
  • 2006: How About Me, High Note #7151. CD

Original 10" shellac (78rpm) and 7" vinyl (45rpm) releases[edit]

  • 1945: "Wrap It Up, Put It Away (Till Daddy Comes Home From The Army)" b/w "Soothe Me", Gem 1
  • 1945: "Dream Awhile" b/w "Green Gin", Gem 2
  • 1946: "You Go To My Head" b/w "Don't Let The Sun Catch You Cryin'", Coronet 1020
  • 1946: "Paradise Lost" b/w "I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance", Coronet 1021
  • 1946: "Baby I'm Gone" b/w "My Pretty", G & G 1028
  • 1946: "BE NICE" b/w "HOW GOOD IT FEELS TO BE GLAD", Aladdin 175
  • 1947: "DON'T BLAME ME" b/w "TWO KINDS OF WOMEN", Aladdin 185
  • 1947: "REST YOURSELF" b/w "TRUE", Aladdin 186
  • 1947: "TRUST IN ME" b/w "I CAN'T GET YOUR LIPS", Aladdin 192
  • 1947: "SUMMERTIME" b/w "S' WONDERFUL", Aladdin 193
  • 1947: "HURRY HOME" b/w "DON'T HESITATE TOO LONG", Aladdin 195
  • 1947: "Hickory Dickory Dock" b/w "Soothe Me" (re-recording), Columbia 37975
  • 1948: "Baby I'm Gone" (reissue) b/w "Green Gin" (reissue), Exclusive 55X
  • 1948: "Don't Let The Sun Catch You Cryin'" (reissue) b/w "Too Bad" (B-side is by Bobby Pittman; this too is a reissue from the Gem/Coronet/G & G catalog), Exclusive 81X
  • 1949: "That's The Way My Baby Closes Her Eyes" b/w "Don't Ask Me Why", Decca 48096
  • 1949: "Bein' In Love's Been Good To Me" b/w "You Better Be Satisfied", Columbia 30187
  • 1949: "I Don't Want To See You Cry Anymore" b/w "The Dog, The Cat And Me", London 16011
  • 1950: "Nobody Told Your Lips To Say Hello" b/w "Go 'Way Blues", London 17010
  • 1951: "Forget About The Whole Affair" b/w "Pork Chops And Mustard Greens", Imperial 5132
  • 1951: "Travelin' Baby" b/w "J.T.'s Blues", Imperial 5140
  • 1954: "Don't Lead Me On" b/w "Make Me A Present Of You", Trend 68
  • 1955: "Soft Winds" b/w "In The Still Of The Night", Spark 118
  • 195?: "Too Late" b/w ???, King ????
  • 1958: "Around The World" b/w "My Mother's Eyes", Whippet 213
  • 1959: "Frankie And Johnny" b/w "So Hard To Laugh, So Easy To Cry", Roulette 4139
  • 1959: "She's Got To Go" b/w ???, M-G-M ?????
  • 1960: "If There Were Dreams For Sale" b/w "You're A Memory", Mercury 71644
  • 1961: "West Coast Blues" b/w "Candy", Riverside 4503
  • 1964: "River's Invitation, Pt. 1" b/w "River's Invitation, Pt. 2", Tangerine 955
  • 1965: "Where Were You (When I Needed You)" b/w "What Do I See In The Girl", Capitol 5448
  • 1965: "Fine Young Girl" b/w "Then I'll Know", Capitol 5530

Note: Andrews recorded for approximately two dozen labels (both major and indie) over the years.


  1. ^ a b c "Biography by Scott Yanow". Retrieved August 2011. 
  2. ^ a b [1] Archived October 25, 2005, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Chadbourne, Eugene (2015). "Joe Greene". All Music. Retrieved 2015-11-13. 

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