Lorraine Ellison

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Lorraine Ellison
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Background information
Birth nameMarybelle Luraine Ellison
Born(1931-03-17)March 17, 1931
Philadelphia, United States
DiedJanuary 31, 1983(1983-01-31) (aged 51)[1]
GenresSoul, R&B
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1964–1976
LabelsMercury Records
Warner Bros. Records
Loma Records

Lorraine Ellison (March 17, 1931 – January 31, 1983)[1] was an American soul singer known for her recording of the song "Stay with Me"[2] (sometimes known as "Stay With Me Baby") in 1966.

Life and career[edit]

Born Marybelle Luraine Ellison,[3] in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Ellison originally sang gospel music, working in the groups the Ellison Singers and the Golden Chords in the early 1960s. She switched to the R&B genre in 1964. Her first chart entry was "I Dig You Baby" in 1965[4] on Mercury Records, which reached #22 on the U.S. Billboard R&B chart.

She signed with Warner Bros. Records, and in 1966 recorded "Stay with Me" at a last minute booking, following a studio cancellation by Frank Sinatra.[5] "Stay with Me" reached number 11 in the U.S. Billboard R&B chart and number 64 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song was produced and written by Jerry Ragovoy. Later releases were on the subsidiary soul music record label, Loma.[6] Her follow-up single was "Heart Be Still" a minor hit in 1967.[7] Ellison also recorded "Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)", a song later covered to more success by Janis Joplin.[6]

Ellison composed many of her own songs (by herself and with manager Sam Bell) and had her own compositions recorded by several other artists, including Jerry Butler, Garnet Mimms, Howard Tate and Dee Dee Warwick.

Twice-married and using the surname Gonzalez-Keys, Lorraine Ellison gave up the music business in order to take care of her mother. Ellison died in January 1983 from ovarian cancer at the age of 51.[8]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected details
Title Album details[9]
Heart & Soul
Stay with Me
Lorraine Ellison

Compilation albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected details
Title Album details
The Best of Philadelphia's Queen
Stay with Me: The Best of Lorraine Ellison
Sister Love: The Warner Bros. Recordings

Singles[edit]

List of singles as a band member, with selected chart positions, sales figures and certifications
Title[22] Year Chart positions Artist Album
US
[23]
US
R&B
/HH

[24]
UK
[25]
"Open Up Your Heart" 1963 Lorraine Ellison and the Ellison Singers non album single
List of singles as a lead artist, with selected chart positions, sales figures and certifications
Title[9][26] Year Chart positions Album
US
[23][27]
US
R&B
/HH

[24]
CAN
[28]
UK
[25]
"I Dig You Baby" 1965 103 22 non album single
"Call Me Anytime You Need Some Lovin'" 1966 non album single
"Stay with Me" 64 11 58 82 Heart & Soul
"A Good Love" 131 Stay with Me
"If I Had a Hammer" 1967 Heart & Soul
"No Matter How It All Turns Out" Stay with Me
"Heart Be Still" 89 43
"I Want To Be Loved"
"Try (Just A Little Bit Harder)" 1968
"Only Your Love" 1969
"Stay with Me"[A] 1970
"You've Really Got A Hold On Me" Lorraine Ellison
"Many Rivers to Cross" 1973
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.
  • Notes
  1. ^ US and Germany re-issue.[29][30]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b The Dead Rock Stars Club – The 1980s Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Joel Whitburn, Top Pop Singles 1955–2002, 2003, ISBN 0-89820-155-1
  3. ^ Users.fortress.com Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Hogan, Ed (1985-08-17). "Lorraine Ellison at Allmusic". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2010-05-08.
  5. ^ "Songfacts.com". Songfacts.com. Retrieved 2010-05-08.
  6. ^ a b "Loma Records discography". Lomarecords.com. Retrieved 2010-05-08.
  7. ^ "Allmusic.com". Allmusic.com. 1985-08-17. Retrieved 2010-05-08.
  8. ^ Moon, Tom. "Npr.org/templates". Npr.org. Retrieved 2010-05-08.
  9. ^ a b "Lorraine Ellison Discography at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  10. ^ "Lorraine Ellison - Heart & Soul". Allmusic. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  11. ^ "Lorraine Ellison - Stay with Me (Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo)". Discogs. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  12. ^ "Lorraine Ellison - Stay with Me". Allmusic. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  13. ^ "Lorraine Ellison - Stay with Me (Vinyl, LP, Stereo)". Discogs. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  14. ^ "Lorraine Ellison - Lorraine Ellison". Allmusic. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  15. ^ "Lorraine Ellison – Lorraine Ellison (Vinyl, LP)". Discogs. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  16. ^ "Lorraine Ellison – The Best Of Lorraine Ellison - Philadelphia's Queen Of Soul (Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Album)". Discogs. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  17. ^ "Stay with Me: The Best of Lorraine Ellison - Lorraine Ellison". Allmusic. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  18. ^ "Lorraine Ellison – Stay With Me / The Best of Lorraine Ellison (CD, Compilation)". Discogs. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  19. ^ Thomas Erlewine, Stephen. "Sister Love: The Warner Bros. Recordings - Lorraine Ellison". Allmusic. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  20. ^ "Lorraine Ellison – Sister Love: The Warner Bros. Recordings (CD, Compilation, Limited Edition, Numbered)". Discogs. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  21. ^ "Sister Love: The Warner Bros. Recordings by Lorraine Ellison on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  22. ^ "Lorraine Ellison And The Ellison Singers - Discography - USA - 45cat". 45cat. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  23. ^ a b "Lorraine Ellison Album & Chart History (Hot 100". Billboard.com. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  24. ^ a b "Lorraine Ellison Album & Chart History (R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard.com. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  25. ^ a b "LORRAINE ELLISON". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  26. ^ "Lorraine Ellison Discography - USA - 45cat". 45cat. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  27. ^ "US Hot 100 Bubbling Under - Top40Weekly.com". Top40Weekly.com. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  28. ^ "Results: RPM Weekly - Library and Archives Canada". RPM. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  29. ^ "=45cat - Lorraine Ellison - Stay With Me / Try (Just A Little Bit Harder) - Warner Bros. - USA - 7361". 45cat. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  30. ^ "=45cat - Lorraine Ellison - Stay With Me / Try (Just A Little Bit Harder) - Warner Bros. - Germany - A 7361". 45cat. Retrieved December 19, 2018.

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