Johnson, Ella (1923-2004)

Born in Darlington, SC; sister of Buddy Johnson; singer with her brother’s band and responsible for many of the bands hits; made her first record – “Please Mr. Johnson” in 1940 with her brother’s band; she recorded “Since I Fell for You” in 1945 and stayed with the band in the late 1950s also making solo appearances; with the band, and on the Mercury label, she recorded many hits (“Hittin’ on Me,” “I’m Just Your Fool”); she was often compared to Billie Holiday, though Ella had her own distinctive style.

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