Buddy Ace

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Decades Active: 1990s

Biography

James L. Land, 11 November 1936, Jasper, Texas, USA, d. 24 December 1994. Ace was a R&B singer who brought a deep blues feeling to his music. He was raised in Baylor, Texas, and was recruited in 1956 by the owner of Duke/Peacock Records, Don Robey, to perform as a soundalike to Johnny Ace, his top recording artist. As Buddy Ace, the singer was signed to the Peacock label, but it was not until the late 60s that he had any chart success, with two fine singles on the Duke label, ‘Nothing In The World Can Hurt Me (Except You)’ (number 25 R&B) and ‘Hold On (To This Old Fool)’ (number 33 R&B). Ace also recorded for Jewel, Sunny, Specialty Records and EveJim; he recorded three albums for the latter in the early 90s, Root Doctor, Don’t Hurt No More and Silver Fox. Until his death, Land continued to tour as Buddy Ace in the south and in northern inner-city clubs where his style of soul-blues remained popular.

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