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Etta Jones

An understated, dynamic singer within jazz and popular standards, Etta Jones was an excellent singer always worth hearing. She grew up in New York and at 16, toured with Buddy Johnson. She debuted on record with Barney Bigard's pickup band (1944) for Black & White, singing four Leonard Feather songs, three of which (including "Evil Gal Blues") were hits for Dinah Washington. She recorded other songs during 1946-1947 for RCA and worked with Earl Hines (1949-1952). Jones' version of "Don't Go to Strangers" (1960) was a hit and she made many albums for Prestige during 1960-1965. Jones toured Japan with Art Blakey (1970), but was largely off record during 1966-1975. However, starting in 1976, Etta Jones (an appealing interpreter of standards, ballads, and blues) began recording regularly for Muse, often with the fine tenor saxophonist Houston Person. She died from complications of cancer on October 16, 2001, the day her last album, Etta Jones Sings Lady Day, was released. ~ Scott Yanow & Ron Wynn
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Don't Misunderstand: Live In New York

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Track List: The Best Of Etta Jones, The Prestige Singles

1. Don't Go To Strangers

2. If I Had You

3. Canadian Sunset

4. That's All There Is To That

5. Till There Was You

6. All The Way

7. Unchained Melody

8. Hurry Home

9. You Came A Long Way From St. Louis

10. Just Friends

11. I'll Be There

12. In The Dark

13. Nature Boy

14. Hello Hello

15. Love Walked In

16. Old Folks

17. Someday My Prince Will Come

18. The Gal From Joe's

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Track List: 1944-1947

1. Salty Papa Blues

2. Evil Gal Blues

3. Blow Top Blues

4. Long Long Journey

5. You Ain't Nothin' Daddy

6. So Tired

7. Solitude

8. I May Be Wonderful

9. Man Wanted

10. Blues To End All Blues

11. Along My Souvenirs

12. Mean To Me

13. Osculate Me, Daddy

14. My Sleepy Head

15. I Sold My Heart To The Junkman

16. The Richest Guy In The Graveyard

17. Ain't No Hurry Baby

18. What Ev'ry Woman Knows

19. Overwork Blues

20. Misery Is A Thing Called Moe

21. This Is A Fine Time

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Track List: Don't Go to Strangers

1. Yes Sir, Thta's My Baby

2. Don't Go to Strangers

3. I Love Paris

4. Fine and Mellow

5. Where or When

6. If I Had You

7. On the Street Where You Live

8. Something to Remember You By

9. Bye Bye Blackbird

10. All the Way

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Track List: My Buddy

1. When My Man Comes Home

2. They All Say I'm The Biggest Fool

3. Save Your Love For Me

4. Let's Beat Out Some Love

5. Since I Fell For You

6. Baby I'm Yours

7. Fine Brown Frame

8. I Wonder Where Our Love Has Gone

9. Please Mr. Johnson

10. Hittin' On Me

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Don't read this.you will be KISSED on the nearest Friday by the love of your life.Tomorro w will be the best day of your life. Don't stop this is freaky.but if you read this and ignore this you will have bad luck.put this on 10 other songs in 143 minutes.when you are done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on your screen.this is so creepy this actually works!!!!
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Good Lord I have to ask myself at times, where have missed her.
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Sweet
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She is singing from the heart this is love.. ..l could be. ..? Its nothing l couldn't do if l had you. ..beautiful singing Etta Jones
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soothing, love her.
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MsKool44 Sing the song E.H.
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A voice like Silk.....cle a n and clear. Thanks again Pandora
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So deep, so pure, so clear, baby you left us to soon.
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when the song first started, i thought it was billie holiday.
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rob0742
She is unparalleled in my book...... I had the chance to see her in Rochester, NY a few years before she passed..... Didn't go.... So sad now that I didn't..... I put her name on Pandora and it cycles through a number of the amazing diva's of that 20th century.... It never fails that when she comes on, it is obvious to my ears that she is simply the best female vocalist.... ever
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yes yes and yes again and again my lord help me please, save me Etta...
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Soft Mello Jaz 2 relax 2. 3/9/15 Robert M S. Pompano Beach Fl
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dthorn0606
I love and miss Etta madly! Awesome Jazz Vocalist!
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cobban.barne t t
Shades of Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, and Sarah Vaughan all rolled into one unique and incredible voice. So glad I stumbled across this vastly underrated talent.
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leonmusic47
THE MOST COMPLETE VOICE TO ENCHANT AN AUDIENCE !!!
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My girl
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Some of today's artist just dont understand!- T h e y have the voices and "skills"!- But not depth and life experience!
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nothin' smoother
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Love her
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Never better!
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To smooth
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She reminds me of Johnny Guitar Watson
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You are correct, i like her too !
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I've never heard of Etta Jones before. She has a beautiful voice!
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N**gas
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dave5962
Beautiful phrasing, and beautiful playing by the backup musicians.
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♪♪♪♪ ♥
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I grew up on country and rock. It wasn't until I started taking vocal lessons as a part of my Adventure List formally called the bucket list that I discovered Ms. Etta Jones. Little did I know until then I had often listened and sang her songs. I have found a renewed love for her voice and spirit that fills her music. Thank you Ms. Etta for touching my heart. Jerrie
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Wow, great singer - never heard of her before. She has some Billie Holiday in her voice which ain't bad at all!
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oh what a time .oh what a place! when music was at its best! FLOWING!
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dclark235
I love Etta Jones singing! so peaceful and relaxing...
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lotusleigh_4
my day is now completed.Lo v e the way she uses her vocals to create beautiful music. ha.
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Hi
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Etta is my secret spot. She is so versatile
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so beautiful
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My first introduction to this singer.....b e a u t i f u l vocals.
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I had the pleasure of meeting Etta backstage before a show she did with Houston Person in Rochester, NY at the School of the Arts. She reminded me of my mom when she was in her later years. Very happy and gracious and pleasant. She sounded great and made a great team with Houston and his band. We are fortunate to have had such a fine lady singing beautifully for us for so long. When I listen to her recordings, I feel her spirit in the music and it makes me very happy.
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The voice is timeless
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beachgirls19 6 2 1
what a voice
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always Mrs. Jones, will never forget a night at the Baby Grand in Harlem 25 years ago
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So Bille Holiday..... . . . . . . .
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What album of Etta Jones is the cut I ain't never never found me a love or ain't no love like my babys
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franque1120
People please ETTA JONES and Etta James are two different people. The person we're discussing is ETTA JONES, JONES, okay. She was a beautiful singer in her own right.
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Wonderful
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mooyoo.77
DID LITTLE WILLIE JOHN SING AT LAST? BACK IN THE DAY.
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calattorney6
Hey Connie. It was Etta James that sang At Last, not Etta Jones.
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franque1120
Etta started out as one of the Dandridge Sisters with Dorothy & Vivian Dandridge.
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No one can ever sing At last the way she she did . It is my happy ending song that is finally comming true at last
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Don't know how I missed this wonderful voice...gues s I am slipping, but love her voice
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