Jesse Belvin

Genres: Jazz R&B / Soul
Tags: blues soul oldies jazz 50s pop dead rip retro male vocalists rhythm and blues doo-wop 27 smooth voices doo wop jivers Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Biography

15 December 1932, San Antonio, Texas, USA, d. 6 February 1960, Fairhope, Arkansas, USA. Raised in Los Angeles, Belvin became a part of the city’s flourishing R&B scene while in his teens. As a member of vocal quartet Three Dots And A Dash he was featured on ‘All The Wine Is Gone’, a 1950 single by jazz saxophonist Big Jay McNeely. Belvin also recorded with fellow songwriter Marvin Phillips as Jesse & Marvin, achieving a Top 5 R&B hit in 1953 with ‘Dream Girl’. His career was then interrupted by a spell in the US Army. ‘Earth Angel’, a collaboration with two fellow conscripts, was recorded successfully by the Penguins.

After leaving the armed forces, Belvin signed a new contract with Modern Records and enjoyed a major R&B hit in his own right in 1956 with ‘Goodnight My Love (Pleasant Dreams)’, a haunting, romantic ballad adopted by disc jockey Alan Freed as the closing theme to his...

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