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Ella Johnson

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Ella Johnson (June 22, 1919 – February 16, 2004)[1][2] was an American jazz and rhythm and blues singer.

Music career

Born Ella Mae Jackson in Darlington, South Carolina, United States,[2] she joined her brother Buddy Johnson in New York as a teenager,[3] where he was leading a popular band at the Savoy Ballroom. Her singing drew comparisons to Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday.[1]

Johnson scored her first hit with "Please, Mr. Johnson" in 1940.[4] Subsequent hits included "Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit That Ball?", "When My Man Comes Home" and "Hittin' On Me". Her popular 1945 recording of "Since I Fell for You", composed by her brother, led to its eventual establishment as a jazz standard. She continued to perform with Buddy Johnson into the 1960s. AllMusic noted that her "later solo sides for Mercury are pale imitations of her work with the band."[3]

In February 2004, she died of Alzheimer's disease in New York at the age of 84.[1][3]


  • Swing Me with Buddy Johnson (Mercury, 1958)[4]

With Buddy Johnson

  • Rock and Roll (Mercury, 1956)
  • Go Ahead and Rock Rock Rock (Roulette, 1959)
  • Say Ella (Juke Box, 1983)[4]


  1. ^ a b c "Ella Johnson, 86, Singer in Jazz Bands". The New York Times. 20 March 2004. Retrieved 31 August 2019.
  2. ^ a b Doc Rock. "The Dead Rock Stars Club 2004 January To June". Thedeadrockstarsclub.com. Retrieved 2016-08-21.
  3. ^ a b c Hank Davis. "Ella Johnson". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-08-21.
  4. ^ a b c Colin Larkin, ed. (1995). The Guinness Who's Who of Blues (Second ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 202. ISBN 0-85112-673-1.

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