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The Johnny Ace Collection 1952-55
The Johnny Ace Collection 1952-55

Johnny Ace
Styles: Blues, R&B
Catalogue Number: ADDCD3378

Johnny Ace, born John Alexander in Memphis, Tennessee, was a highly successful blues and R&B pianist and singer, whose career was tragically cut short at the height of his fame when he died at the age of 25 in a bizarre shooting accident in his dressing room at a gig with Big Mama Thornton on Christmas Day 1954. Before that, he had made some noted recordings accompanying the likes of B.B. King and Bobby Bland, and had run up a string of R&B hits as a solo artist. This 51-track 2-CD set comprises the A & B sides of his releases under his own name on the Flair and Duke labels, plus recordings he made with B.B. King, Bobby Bland, Earl Forest and Junior Parker, along with tribute recordings to him made by other artists after his death. It features all his eight Top 10 R&B hits, including the No. 1s “My Song”, “The Clock” and “Pledging My Love” and the Top 3 hits “Cross My Heart” and “Saving My Love For You”, along with Johnny Moore & The Three Blazers’ Top 20 tribute hit “Johnny Ace’s Last Letter”. It provides as thorough a cross-section of his solo output as could be achieved and also showcases his talents as an accompanying pianist.

Disk 1:
Track Title Artist
1 My Song Johnny Ace
2 Follow The Rule Johnny Ace
3 Cross My Heart Johnny Ace and The Beale Streeters
4 Angel Johnny Ace and The Beale Streeters
5 The Clock Johnny Ace
6 Aces Wild Johnny Ace and his Band
7 Midnight Hour's Journey Johnny Ace
8 Saving My Love For You Johnny Ace
9 Yes, Yes, Baby Johnny Ace & Willie Mae Thornton
10 Please Forgive Me Johnny Ace
11 You've Been Gone So Long Johnny Ace
12 Never Let Me Go Johnny Ace
13 Burley Cutie Johnny Ace
14 Pledging My Love Johnny Ace
15 No Money Johnny Ace
16 Anymore Johnny Ace
17 How Can You Be So Mean Johnny Ace
18 So Lonely Johnny Ace
19 I'm Crazy Baby Johnny Ace
20 Still Love You So Johnny Ace and Johnny Otis Band
21 Don't You Know? Johnny Ace and Johnny Board's Band
22 Shake It Up And Go B.B. King & His Orchestra
23 My Own Fault, Darlin' B.B. King & His Orchestra
24 Someday, Somewhere B.B. King & His Orchestra
25 Gotta Find My Baby B.B. King & His Orchestra
26 I Got A Gal B.B. King
Disk 2:
Track Title Artist
1 Low Down Dirty Baby B.B. King
2 I'm So Glad B.B. King
3 Baby, Baby Earl Forest
4 Rock The Bottle Earl Forest
5 Whoopin' And Hollerin' Earl Forest
6 Pretty Bessie Earl Forest
7 I Wronged A Woman Earl Forest
8 I Can't Forgive You Earl Forest
9 Trouble And Me Earl Forest
10 Sad And Lonely Earl Forest
11 Rumpus Romp Earl Forest
12 Whole Heap Of Mama Earl Forest
13 I Cried Earl Forest
14 Drifting From Town To Town Bobby Bland
15 I.O.U. Blues Bobby Bland
16 Lovin' Blues Bobby Bland
17 Army Blues Bobby Bland
18 No Blow, No Show Bobby Bland
19 Wise Man Blues Bobby Bland
20 Love My Baby Bobby Bland & Junior Parker
21 Johnny Ace's Last Letter Frankie Ervin & Johnny Moore's Blazers
22 Why, Johnny, Why? Linda Hayes & Johnny Moore's Blazers
23 Johnny Has Gone Varetta Dillard
24 Salute To Johnny Ace The Rovers
25 Johnny Ace's Last Letter Johnny Fuller
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