Joan Shaw

Born in 1930 in Newport News, Virginia, hometown of Ella Fitzgerald and Pearl Bailey, she began singing in amateur programs when she was 13. In December 1947 she made her recording debut as a featured jazz vocalist singing 'Rain in My Eyes' with the Buddy Tate Orchestra. From 1949 on she toured and recorded with different groups during the R&B era including Paul Williams, Billy Ford, and Danny Small.

Eminent jazz critic Leonard Feather hailed her as “one of the most promising singers in the United States,” and in 1961, surrounded by fine jazzmen, she recorded her first album “Sings for Swingers,” for Epic Records. She played some of the best clubs on the contemporary circuit, recording “Joan Shaw in Person,” a live album with the Herman Foster Trio.

In 1965 she moved to Europe, reinvented herself as Salena Jones, and went on to enjoy a long, successful career.
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Joan Shaw Discography Tracks


Joan Shaw Sings For Swingers (Album) Epic US 1961 Sell This Version
LP 1031 Joan Shaw Joan Shaw In Person(LP) Sue Records Inc. LP 1031 US 1964 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

65095 Joan Shaw Troubles / Better Be On My Way(10", Promo) Coral 65095 US 1952 Sell This Version
3030 Joan Shaw Lonesome For My Baby / Rock My Soul(Shellac, 10") Abbey (2) 3030 US 1952 Sell This Version
212-X45 Joan Shaw With The Blues Express Orch.* Joan Shaw With The Blues Express Orch.* - You Make Me Cry Myself To Sleep (Every Night) / Do What You Want With Me(7") Gem Records (14) 212-X45 US 1953 Sell This Version
45-9751 Joan Shaw Just Kiss Me / Don't You Remember?(7", Promo) ABC-Paramount 45-9751 US 1956 Sell This Version
45-9724 Joan Shaw Broken Heart / Hand Holdin' Baby(7", Single) ABC-Paramount 45-9724 US 1958 Sell This Version
45-9970 Joan Shaw The Time / I Don't Wanna Cry (Over You Anymore)(7", Single) ABC-Paramount 45-9970 US 1958 Sell This Version
5-9430 Joan Shaw Now You Come Around / I'll Cry Tonight(7", Single, Promo) Epic 5-9430 US 1960 Sell This Version
5-9368 Joan Shaw Blue / Unsuspecting Heart(7", Single, Promo) Epic 5-9368 US 1960 Sell This Version
116 Joan Shaw Make Someone Happy / Through A Long And Sleepless Night(7", Promo) Sue Records Inc. 116 US 1965 Sell This Version
CP 625 Joan Shaw That's What I Get For Loving You(7", Single, Promo) Colpix Records CP 625 US Unknown Sell This Version


FSRCD 920_2 Joan Shaw A Retrospective 1947-1964(2xCD, Comp) Fresh Sound Records FSRCD 920_2 Spain 2017 Sell This Version

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