Etta Jones

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Etta Jones
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born November 25, 1928 - Aiken, South Carolina, USA
died October 16, 2001- Mount Vernon, New York, USA

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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554 The Jones Girl.... Etta... Sings, Sings, Sings — Etta Jones Etta Jones The Jones Girl.... Etta... Sings, Sings, Sings (Album) King Records (3) 554 US 1958 Sell This Version
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7186, PRLP 7186 Don't Go To Strangers — Etta Jones Etta Jones Don't Go To Strangers (Album) Prestige, Prestige 7186, PRLP 7186 US 1960 Sell This Version
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PR 7204 So Warm — Etta Jones Etta Jones So Warm (Album) Prestige PR 7204 US 1961 Sell This Version
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PRLP 7194 Something Nice — Etta Jones Etta Jones Something Nice (Album) Prestige PRLP 7194 US 1961 Sell This Version
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PRLP 7214 From The Heart — Etta Jones Etta Jones From The Heart (Album) Prestige PRLP 7214 US 1962 Sell This Version
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PR 7241, PRST 7241 Lonely And Blue — Etta Jones Etta Jones Lonely And Blue (Album) Prestige PR 7241, PRST 7241 US 1962 Sell This Version
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PR 7275, PRLP 7275 Soul Summit Vol. 2 — Etta Jones Gene Ammons / Etta Jones / Jack McDuff* Gene Ammons / Etta Jones / Jack McDuff* - Soul Summit Vol. 2 (Album) Prestige, Prestige PR 7275, PRLP 7275 US 1963 Sell This Version
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PRLP 7272 Love Shout — Etta Jones Etta Jones Love Shout (Album) Prestige PRLP 7272 US 1963 Sell This Version
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PR 7284, PRST 7284 Hollar! — Etta Jones Etta Jones Hollar! (Album) Prestige PR 7284, PRST 7284 US 1963 Sell This Version
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PRLP 7272 Love Shout — Etta Jones Etta Jones Love Shout(LP, Album) Prestige PRLP 7272 US 1963 Sell This Version
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CST 422, 422 Jonah Jones Swings, Etta Jones Sings — Etta Jones 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) CST 422, 422 US 1964 Sell This Version
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SR-25329 Etta Jones Sings — Etta Jones Etta Jones Etta Jones Sings (Album) Roulette SR-25329 US 1965 Sell This Version
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W-203 Etta Jones '75 — Etta Jones Etta Jones Etta Jones '75 (Album) 20th Century Records, Westbound Records W-203 US 1975 Sell This Version
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MR 5099 Ms Jones To You — Etta Jones Etta Jones Ms Jones To You Muse Records MR 5099 US 1976 Sell This Version
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MR 5145 My Mother's Eyes  — Etta Jones Etta Jones My Mother's Eyes (Album) Muse Records MR 5145 US 1978 Sell This Version
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MR 5175 If You Could See Me Now — Etta Jones Etta Jones If You Could See Me Now Muse Records MR 5175 US 1979 Sell This Version
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MR 5214 Save Your Love For Me — Etta Jones Etta Jones Save Your Love For Me (Album) Muse Records MR 5214 US 1981 Sell This Version
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MR 5262 Love Me With All Your Heart — Etta Jones Etta Jones Love Me With All Your Heart (Album) Muse Records MR 5262 US 1984 Sell This Version
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MR 5333 Fine And Mellow — Etta Jones Etta Jones Fine And Mellow Muse Records MR 5333 US 1987 Sell This Version
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MCD 5351 I'll Be Seeing You — Etta Jones Etta Jones I'll Be Seeing You (Album) Muse Records MCD 5351 US 1988 Sell This Version
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MR 5379 Sugar — Etta Jones Etta Jones Sugar (Album) Muse Records MR 5379 US 1990 Sell This Version
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MCD 5411 Christmas With Etta Jones — Etta Jones Etta Jones Christmas With Etta Jones (Album) Muse Records MCD 5411 US 1990 Sell This Version
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MCD 5474 Reverse The Charges — Etta Jones Etta Jones Reverse The Charges(CD, Album) Muse Records MCD 5474 US 1992 Sell This Version
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MCD 5511 At Last — Etta Jones Etta Jones At Last(CD, Album) Muse Records MCD 5511 US 1995 Sell This Version
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MCD 5534 My Gentleman Friend — Etta Jones Etta Jones, Benny Green Etta Jones, Benny Green - My Gentleman Friend(CD, Album) Muse Records MCD 5534 US 1996 Sell This Version