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Bull Moose Jackson - 74% match to Little Esther

Genres: Blues R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Benjamin Clarence Jackson, 22 April 1919, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, d. 31 July 1989, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Jackson become interested in music at an early age, and received singing and violin lessons by the age of four. In high school he learned to play the saxophone, and upon his graduation in the late 30s he was hired by legendary trumpeter Freddie Webster to play alto and teno Read more

James Intveld - 74% match to Little Esther

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Compton, California, USA. John Intveld and his brother Ricky grew up watching their father play with a local band. He was given a guitar when he was eight and he sang in the church choir. In 1981, after playing with various bands, he and Ricky on drums formed the Rockin’ Shadows with Pat Woodward (double bass). In 1983 they opened for Rick Nelson who was so impressed th Read more

Nappy Brown - 67% match to Little Esther

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Napoleon Brown Goodson Culp, 12 October 1929, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. Brown began his career as a gospel singer, but moved to R&B when an appearance in Newark, New Jersey, led to a recording contract with Savoy Records in 1954. A deep-voiced, highly individual R&B singer, he had a number of hits during the 50s, including ‘Don’t Be Angry’ (1955) Read more

Big Maybelle - 56% match to Little Esther

Genres: Blues R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Mabel Louise Smith, 1 May 1924, Jackson, Tennessee, USA, d. 23 January 1972, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Maybelle was discovered singing in church by Memphis band leader Dave Clark in 1935. When Clark disbanded his orchestra to concentrate on record promotion, Smith moved to Christine Chatman’s orchestra with whom she first recorded for Decca Records in 1944. Three years late Read more

Rachel Sweet - 55% match to Little Esther

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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28 July 1962, Akron, Ohio, USA. Sweet sang professionally at the age of five, working as a child model for television commercials in New York and as a support act to Mickey Rooney. At the age of 12 she recorded her first single, the country song ‘Faded Rose’, on the Derrick label which, along with her follow-up ‘We Live In Two Different Worlds’, reached t Read more

The Students - 50% match to Little Esther

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s
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Ruth Brown - 38% match to Little Esther

Genres: Blues R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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12 January 1928, Portsmouth, Virginia, USA, d. 17 November 2006, Henderson, Nevada, USA. Brown started her musical career singing gospel at an early age in the church choir led by her father. In 1948 she was singing with a band led by her husband Jimmy in Washington, DC, when Willis Conover (from the radio show Voice Of America) recommended her to Ahmet Ertegun of the newly Read more

Chuck Willis - 37% match to Little Esther

Genres: Blues R&B / Soul
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Wynonie Harris - 35% match to Little Esther

Genres: Blues R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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24 August 1915, Omaha, Nebraska, USA, d. 14 June 1969, Los Angeles, California, USA. This stylish, flamboyant blues shouter enjoyed several R&B hit singles in the immediate post-war period. As a youth Harris played drums in and around his home town before moving to Los Angeles in the early 40s. There he played, danced, sang and worked in several non-musical capacities in Read more

Tiny Bradshaw - 33% match to Little Esther

Genres: Blues Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Myron Bradshaw, 23 September 1905, Youngstown, Ohio, USA, d. 26 November 1958, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. While studying psychology at Wilberforce University, Ohio, Bradshaw became involved in the campus’ flourishing musical subculture. He joined Horace Henderson’s Collegians as the band’s singer. In 1932, he went to New York where he played drums with several ban Read more

Shirley & Lee - 31% match to Little Esther

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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New Orleans-based duo Shirley Goodman (19 June 1936, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, d. 5 July 2005, Los Angeles, California, USA) and Leonard Lee (b. 29 June 1936, d. 23 October 1976) began recording together in 1952. Billed as ‘The Sweethearts of the Blues’, they enjoyed a series of US R&B hits, including ‘I’m Gone’ (1952) and ‘Feel So Good&# Read more

Ella Mae Morse - 29% match to Little Esther

Genres: Big Band & Swing Blues Easy Listening Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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12 September 1924, Mansfield, Texas, USA, d. 16 October 1999, Bullhead City, Arizona, USA. A singer with an appealing jazz/blues style, Morse first sang with a band organized by her pianist mother and her father who was a drummer. At the age of 12 she was heard at a Houston jam session by Jimmy Dorsey, who hired her as replacement for June Richmond. Her stay with Dorsey was Read more

Ivory Joe Hunter - 29% match to Little Esther

Genres: Blues Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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10 October 1914, Kirbyville, Texas, USA, d. 8 November 1974, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. Although Hunter was a well-known figure in Texas through his radio shows, it was not until the 40s, when he moved to the west coast, that his career flourished. He established his own record companies, Ivory and Pacific, recording on the former with Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers (the Ex Read more

Johnny Otis - 28% match to Little Esther

Genres: Blues Funk Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Ioannis Veliotes, 28 December 1921, Vallejo, California, USA. Born into a family of Greek immigrants, Otis was raised in a largely black neighbourhood where he thoroughly absorbed the prevailing culture and lifestyle. He began playing drums in his mid-teens and worked for a time with some of the locally based jazz bands, including, in 1941, Lloyd Hunter’s orchestra. In Read more

Julia Lee - 25% match to Little Esther

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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31 October 1902, Booneville, Missouri, USA, d. 8 December 1958, Kansas City, Missouri, USA. Beginning her career as a pianist and singer while in her early teens, Lee joined a band led by her brother, George E. Lee (1896-1958), a popular vocalist whose ‘Novelty Singing Orchestra’ played extensively in and around Kansas City. Despite the musical advances being made Read more


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