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us: Ace, Johnny, 1929-1954

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    • us: Alexander, John Marshall, 1929-1954
  • Additional Information

    • Birth Date

        (edtf) 1929-06-09
    • Death Date

        (edtf) 1954-12-25
    • Birth Place

        (naf) Memphis (Tenn.)
    • Death Place

        (naf) Houston (Tex.)
    • Associated Locale

        (naf) United States
    • Has Affiliation

        • Organization: (naf) United States. Navy
        • Organization: (naf) Beale Streeters (Musical group)
        • Organization: (naf) Duke Records, Inc.
        • Organization: (naf) WDIA (Radio station : Memphis, Tenn.)
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    • Occupation

        (lcsh) Rhythm and blues musicians
          (lcsh) Pianists
            (lcsh) Composers
              (lcsh) Radio music directors
          • Sources

            • found: Duke-Peacock's greatest hits [SR] p1992: label (Johnny Ace)
            • found: Guinness encycl. of popular music (b. John Marshall Alexander Jr., June 9, 1929, Memphis; d. Dec. 25, 1954; rhythm and blues singer)
            • found: African American National Biography, accessed June 12, 2015, via Oxford African American Studies Center database: (Ace, Johnny; John Marshall Alexander Jr.; rhythm and blues musician, songwriter, music producer, pianist; born 09 June 1929 in Memphis, Tennessee, United States; dropped out from the Booker T. Washington High School in the eleventh grade to join the Navy; was discharged (1947); became a piano player with the Beale Street Blues Boys (later the Beale Streeters), a band that backed B. B. King when he performed live (by 1949); David James Mattis, the program director at the Memphis all-black radio station WDIA (the “Mother Station of the Negroes”), founded Duke Records and changed his name from Alexander to Johnny Ace (1952); produced eight rhythm and blues top-ten records, including three number one hits: “My Song” (1952), “The Clock” (1953), and “Pledging My Love” (1955); last record, “Pledging My Love,” first advertised in “Billboard” on the day of his death (number one in retail sales, radio airplay, and jukebox action), was the most-played rhythm and blues record (1955), it represents the transitional record between rhythm and blues and rock and roll; died 25 December 1954 in Houston, Texas, United States)
          • LC Classification

            • ML420.A16
          • Change Notes

            • 1995-08-24: new
            • 2015-11-07: revised
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