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Ernie Andrews: Girl Talk

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I once asked Jon Hendricks, the Godfather of vocalese, if he had a favorite singer. His immediate answer? Ernie Andrews, who, he informed me, is a singer in the same class as Joe Williams, Jimmy Rushing, Al Hibbler and Billy Eckstine.

Having made a couple of early hits with the Red Callender’s band when he was 17, Andrews spent the better part of the 1950s with the Harry James Orchestra. When Williams departed Count Basie’s band in 1961, Andrews was apparently offered the job-and refused. He has been content to keep a low profile and stay in his native Los Angeles, valuing his loved ones and home life over vigorous touring schedules.

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