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Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Born: December 23, 1935 | Died: August 7, 1984

The late Esther Phillips unquestionably falls into the realm of great singers who never received recognition for what was a lifelong contribution to contemporary music.

Born Esther Mae Jones in Galveston, Texas, she began singing in church as a young child. When her parents divorced, she divided time between her father in Houston and her mother in the Watts area of Los Angeles. It was in Los Angeles, in 1949, that her sister entered her in a talent show at a nightclub belonging to blues man Johnny Otis. So impressed was Otis with the 13-year-old that he brought her into the studio for a recording session with Modern Records and added her to his live revue. Billed as Little Esther, she scored her first success when she was teamed with the vocal quartet the Robins (who later evolved into the Coasters) on the hit single “Double Crossin' Blues.”...
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Performance

CTI Masterworks
2011
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    Performance

    CTI Masterworks
    2011
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    Anthology

    Double Moon Records
    2003
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    The Rising Sun Collection

    Double Moon Records
    1995
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    The Best Of Esther Phillips

    Double Moon Records
    1990
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    The Complete Savoy Recordings With Johnny Otis

    Double Moon Records
    1984
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    Crazy / Cry To Me

    Double Moon Records
    1981
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    Good Black Is Hard To Crack

    Double Moon Records
    1981
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