Etta Jones

Etta Jones

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b. November 25, 1928 - Aiken, South Carolina
d. October 16, 2001- Mount Vernon, New York

American jazz singer.

Etta Jones was born in Aiken, South Carolina, United States, and raised in Harlem. Still in her teens, Jones joined Buddy Johnson's band for a nationwide tour although she was not featured on record. Her first recordings—"Salty Papa Blues", "Evil Gal Blues", "Blow Top Blues", and "Long, Long Journey"—were produced by Leonard Feather in 1944, placing her in the company of clarinetist Barney Bigard and tenor saxophonist Georgie Auld. In 1947, she recorded and released an early cover version of Leon Rene's I Sold My Heart to the Junkman (previously released by the Basin Street Boys on Rene's Exclusive Records) while at RCA Victor records. She performed with the Earl Hines sextet from 1949 to 1952.

She had three Grammy nominations, for the Don't Go to Strangers LP in 1960, Save Your Love for Me in 1981, and My Buddy (dedicated to her first employer, Buddy Johnson) in 1999. In 2008 the album Don't Go to Strangers was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Following her recordings for Prestige, on which Jones was featured with high-profile arrangers such as Oliver Nelson and jazz stars such as Frank Wess, Roy Haynes, and Gene Ammons, she had a musical partnership of more than thirty years with tenor saxophonist Houston Person, who received equal billing with her. He also produced her albums and served as her manager, after the pair met in one of Johnny Hammond's bands.

Although Etta Jones is likely to be remembered above all for her recordings on Prestige, her close professional relationship with Person (frequently, but mistakenly, identified as Jones' husband) helped ensure that the last two decades of her life would be marked by uncommon productivity, as evidenced by a string of albums for Muse Records. In 1997 she recorded The Melody Lingers On, the first of five sessions for the HighNote label.

Her last recording, a tribute to Billie Holiday, was released 57 years later on the day of Jones' death. Only one of her recordings—her debut album for Prestige Records (Don't Go to Strangers, 1960)—enjoyed commercial success with sales of over a million copies. Her remaining nine albums for Prestige and, beginning in 1975, her numerous recordings for Muse Records and HighNote Records secured her a devoted following.

She died in Mount Vernon, New York, at the age of 72 from cancer. She was survived by her husband, John Medlock, and a granddaughter, a daughter pre-deceased her.
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Etta Jones Discography

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Etta Jones The Jones Girl.... Etta... Sings, Sings, Sings (Album) King Records (3) US 1958 Sell This Version
Etta Jones Don't Go To Strangers (Album) Prestige US 1960 Sell This Version
Etta Jones Something Nice (Album) Prestige US 1961 Sell This Version
Etta Jones So Warm (Album) Prestige US 1961 Sell This Version
Etta Jones Lonely And Blue (Album) Prestige US 1962 Sell This Version
Etta Jones Hollar! (Album) Prestige US 1963 Sell This Version
Etta Jones Love Shout (Album) Prestige, Prestige, Prestige US 1963 Sell This Version
PR 7275, PRLP 7275 Gene Ammons / Etta Jones / Jack McDuff* Gene Ammons / Etta Jones / Jack McDuff* - Soul Summit Vol. 2(LP, Album, Mono) Prestige, Prestige PR 7275, PRLP 7275 US 1963 Sell This Version
PRST 7272 Etta Jones Love Shout(LP, Album) Prestige PRST 7272 US 1963 Sell This Version
Jonah Jones / Etta Jones With Earl "Fatha" Hines* Plus Rodney Jones (2) Jonah Jones / Etta Jones With Earl "Fatha" Hines* Plus Rodney Jones (2) - Jonah Jones Swings, Etta Jones Sings (Album) Crown Records (2) US 1964 Sell This Version
Etta Jones From The Heart (Album) Prestige US 1964 Sell This Version
PRLP 7214 Etta Jones From The Heart(LP, Album, Mono, RP) Prestige PRLP 7214 US 1964 Sell This Version
Etta Jones Etta Jones Sings (Album) Roulette US 1965 Sell This Version
Etta Jones Etta Jones '75 20th Century Records, Westbound Records US 1975 Sell This Version
Etta Jones Ms Jones To You Muse Records US 1976 Sell This Version
Etta Jones My Mother's Eyes (Album) Muse Records US 1978 Sell This Version
MR 5175 Etta Jones If You Could See Me Now(LP) Muse Records MR 5175 US 1979 Sell This Version
Etta Jones Save Your Love For Me (Album) Muse Records US 1981 Sell This Version
MR 5262 Etta Jones Love Me With All Your Heart(LP) Muse Records MR 5262 US 1984 Sell This Version
MR 5333 Etta Jones Fine And Mellow(LP) Muse Records MR 5333 US 1987 Sell This Version
MR 5351 Etta Jones I'll Be Seeing You(LP, Album) Muse Records MR 5351 US 1988 Sell This Version
Etta Jones Sugar (Album) Muse Records US 1990 Sell This Version
OJCCD-941-2, P-7272 Etta Jones Love Shout(CD, Album, RE) Fantasy, Prestige OJCCD-941-2, P-7272 US 1997 Sell This Version
HCD 7047 Etta Jones All The Way(CD, Album) HighNote HCD 7047 US 1999 Sell This Version
CR(D) 363 Junior Mance Special Guests Etta Jones And Lou Donaldson Junior Mance Special Guests Etta Jones And Lou Donaldson - Mance(CD, Album) Chiaroscuro Records CR(D) 363 US 2000 Sell This Version