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ANDREWS, Ernie

(b 25 Dec. '27, Philadelphia PA) Jazz singer. Grew up in LA, was discovered in a church choir, sang with Harry James '59, made singles on Gem, Aladdin, Columbia, Imperial etc '45--54; albums on GNP '57--8, always with good backing, but didn't really get anywhere. Described in one old reference book as a 'competent pop singer', he matured into rather more than that, with a good voice, swing and soul, too long overlooked. Albums: Soul Proprieter c'65 on Dot with Shorty Rogers orchestra; Hear Me Now '79 on LMI with Teddy Edwards, From The Heart '80 on Discovery (ten- piece band arr./cond. by Llew Matthews, with Harry Edison, Buddy Collette, Kenny Burrell). He sang with Al Capp/Nat Pierce band on Concord, then The Great City '95 on Muse with quartet incl. Frank Wess and Richard Wyands, everything from blues to James Taylor's 'Fire And Rain'.