Esther Phillips - Esther
Label: Atlantic - 8122 • Format: Vinyl LP, Mono • Country: US • Genre: Funk / Soul •
Her parents divorced when she was an adolescent, and she divided her time between her father, in Houstonand her mother, in the Watts section of Los Angeles. She was brought up singing in church and was reluctant to enter a talent contest at a local blues club, but her sister insisted.
A mature singer at the age of 14, she won the amateur talent Esther Phillips - Esther in at the Barrelhouse Clubowned by Johnny Otis. Otis was so impressed that he recorded her for Modern Records and added her to his traveling revue, the California Rhythm and Blues Caravan, billed as Little Esther. She later took the surname Phillips, reportedly inspired by a sign at a gas station.
She made several hit records for Savoy with the Johnny Otis Orchestra, including " Mistrusting Blues " a duet with Mel Walker and "Cupid's Boogie", both of which also went to number 1 that year. Few female artists performing in any genre had such success in their debut year.
Phillips left Otis and the Savoy label at the end of and signed with Federal Records. But just as quickly as the hits had started, they stopped. She recorded more than thirty sides for Federal, but only one, "Ring-a-Ding-Doo", made the charts, reaching number 8 in Not working with Otis was part of her problem; the other part was her deepening dependence on heroin, to which she was addicted by the middle of the decade.
Esther Phillips - Esther she returned to Houston to live with her father and recuperate. Short on money, she worked in small nightclubs The Force Of Gravity - BT - Emotional Technology the South, punctuated by periodic hospital stays in Lexington, Kentuckyto treat her addiction.
InKenny Rogers discovered her singing at a Houston club and helped her get a contract with Lenox Records, owned by his brother Lelan. Phillips eventually recovered enough to launch a comeback in The Beatles flew her to the UK for her first overseas performances. She had other hits in the Esther Phillips - Esther for Atlantic, such as the critically acclaimed Jimmy Radcliffe song "Try Me", which featured a saxophone part by King Curtis and is often mistakenly credited as the James Brown song of the same titlebut she had no more chart-toppers.
Her heroin dependence worsened, and she checked into a rehabilitation facility. There she met the singer Sam Fletcher. While undergoing treatment, she recorded some sides for Roulette inmostly produced by Lelan Rogers. On her release, she moved back to Los Angeles and re-signed with Atlantic. Her friendship with Fletcher resulted in a performance engagement at Freddie Jett's Pied Piper club in latewhich produced the album Burnin'.
One of her biggest posts triumphs was her first album for Kudu RecordsFrom a Whisper to a Screamin Phillips lost to Aretha Franklinbut Franklin presented the trophy to her, saying she should have won it instead. The accompanying album of the same name became her biggest seller yet, with arranger Joe Beck on guitar, Michael Brecker on tenor sax, David Sanborn on alto sax, Randy Brecker on trumpet, Steve Khan on guitar and Don Grolnick on keyboards. Her first album for Mercury, You've Come a Long Way, Babywas released that year; according to Village Voice Sneakin Up Your Backdoor - Celinda Pink - Unchained Robert Christgau"using Kudu producer Dont Ya Say It - Bryan Adams - Bryan Adams Wee Ellis and the basic Kudu formula—mixing blues and standards and rock with MOR and disco crossovers —she comes up with her most consistent album of the '70s.
She completed recording her final album a few months before her death; it was released by Muse in Phillips was twice nominated for Esther Phillips - Esther Rock and Roll Hall of Famein andbut was not inducted. Taken from the original logbooks of the defunct Federal Records, which I copied decades ago.
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Esther Phillips - Esther January 22, Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles Times Magazine. Retrieved July 7, All Music. Rovi Corp. The original recording dates were in and The album was reissued in under the title. Some of the personnel on the album were no longer alive in Esther Phillips - Esther , so the album could not have been recorded that late. Internet Movie Data base. Retrieved 7 July Esther Phillips.
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