Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Obituaries: Singer Ernestine Anderson Dies at 87

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Obituaries: Singer Ernestine Anderson Dies at 87

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Vocalist Ernestine Anderson, whose six-decade career earned her four Grammy nominations, died March 10 in Shoreline, Wash. No cause of death was reported. Anderson was 87.

Anderson, who last released a new studio album in 2009, was described by Time magazine in 1958 as possessing a "voice, sweet and strong above the rhythm section, [that] curls around the lyrics like a husky caress." The magazine named her "the best kept jazz secret in the land" and around the same time San Francisco jazz journalist Ralph J. Gleason called her "the best new jazz singer in a decade."

Born in Houston, Tex., on Nov. 11, 1928, Anderson began singing gospel music in church before moving with her family to Seattle in 1944. Two years later she toured with R&B star Johnny Otis. She released her first single, "K.C. Lover"/"Good Lovin' Babe," in 1948 for the Black & White label and, in 1952, began working with Lionel Hampton, with whom she sang at President Dwight Eisenhower's inauguration. Settling in New York, she sang on Gigi Gryce's 1955 album Nica's Tempo and released her own debut, Hot Cargo, the following year on Mercury Records. In 1959, Anderson relocated to Los Angeles, where she continued to record for Mercury. …

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