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Item no. : CDCD5082
Product type : Compact Disc
Release Date : 07 May 2012



She was of the same vintage as Sister Rosetta Thorpe, Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington, Big May Belle, Big Mama Thornton, Sarah Vaughan, Nellie Lutcher, Ruth Brown and Lavern Baker – disparate blues-affiliated divas prised into the world between the start of the Great War and the Wall Street Crash. Like them too, she inhabited a stylistic area bordered by gospel, jazz, hillbilly, showbiz evergreens, vaudeville and all manner of trace elements in North America’s cultural melting pot – which she processed through a voice that, by European bel canto standards, was devoid of plummy eloquence and nicety of intonation. Yet it could convey such exquisite brush strokes of gravelly enunciation and inflection that, backing off until the microphone was at arm’s length, just a sandpapery quiver during a dragged-out note could be as loaded as a roar with it halfway down her throat.

Ella Mae Morse was also white, and, through her father, half British. Moreover, her upbringing in Mansfield, Texas – where she was born on 12th December 1924 - embraced the innately decent ‘sir’ and ‘ma’am’ virtues of small towns in the Deep South where, before television became an indispensable domestic fixture, ‘musical evenings’ were a frequent occurrence in many homesteads. Before being packed off to bed, Ella or sister Florence might be led forth, glistening with embarrassment, to the centre of the room to pipe out ‘Donkey Riding’, ‘The Dashing White Sergeant’ or maybe a hymn, usually accompanied by the piano beneath the hands of Mr. Morse. Ella Mae’s translation to stardom began with a crowd staring up at a twelve-year-old making a stage debut with the outfit shortly before her parents’ divorce and an uprooting with mother to Paris, two hundred miles north where she reached a wider public via local radio prior to a move to Dallas in 1936.

Somewhere along the way, there’d been a road-to-Damascus moment when Ella Mae understood that popular music’s erotic content was not always cloaked in stardust-and-roses. A free-spirited young woman, she’d gravitated to juke-joints in run-down suburbs to fraternise with the state’s most shunned sub-culture for inspiration. Originally released on vinyl in 1954, and highlighted here along with some of her other most notable records, Barrelhouse, Boogie and the Blues was the defining release of Morse’s career, showcasing her full range as a performer and eclectic music taste gained from her many travels.

1. Rock Me All Night Long 2. Money Honey 3. I Love You, Yes I Do 4. Daddy, Daddy 5. (We've Reached) The Point Of No Return 6. Forty Cups of Coffee 7. Teardrops from My Eyes 8. 5-10-15 Hours 9. Have Mercy Baby 10. How Can You Leave a Man Like This 11. Give A Little Time to Your Lover 12. Goodnight, It’s Time to Go


13. Male Call 1952 14. Big Mamou 1953 15. Happy Habit 1954 16. An Occasional Man 1955 17. When Boy Kiss Girl (It's Love) 1955 18. Lovey Dovey 1955 19. Bring Back My Baby 1955 20. Livin' Livin' Livin' 1955 21. Birmingham 1955 22. Singing-ing-ing 1955 23. Give Me Love 1956 24. Down in Mexico 1956 25. Rock And Roll Wedding 1956 26. I'm Gonna Walk 1956 27. Coffee Date 1956 28. What Good'll It Do Me 1957 29. Put Your Arms around Me, Honey 1957 30. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down (And Write Myself a Letter) 1957 31. Mister Memory Maker 1957 32. A Long Time Ago 1957 RUN TIME: 79 MINS APPROX.

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