Morse, Ella Mae

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Name
Morse, Ella Mae Gender: F
born on 12 September 1923 at 12:31 (= 12:31 PM )
Place Mansfield, Texas, 32n34, 97w08
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 18°57' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 15°03 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 08°22'



Ella Mae Morse (1944)

Biography

American popular singer who reached #1 in the R&B chart with "Shoo-Shoo Baby" in December 1943 for two weeks. In the same year she performed "Cow Cow Boogie" in the film Reveille with Beverly and starred in Universal's South of Dixie and The Ghost Catchers with Olsen and Johnson and How Do You Dooo? with radio's Mad Russian, Bert Gordon. She sang in a wide variety of styles, and she had hits on both the U.S. pop and rhythm and blues charts. However, she never received the popularity of a major star because her versatility prevented her from being placed into any one category of music.

As Morse's musical style blended jazz, blues, and country, she has sometimes been called the first rock 'n' roll singer. A good example is her 1942 recording of the song "Get On Board, Little Chillun", which, with strong gospel, blues, boogie, and jive sounds as a genuine precursor to the later rockabilly/ rock 'n roll songs. Her records sold well to both Caucasian and African-American audiences. As she was not well known at the time of her first solo hits, many people assumed she was African-American because of her 'hip' vocal style and choice of material.

Morse had six children from two marriages, as well as several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and an estranged sister named Flo Handy, who was also a singer.

On 16 October 1999 Morse died of respiratory failure in Bullhead City, Arizona, aged 76.

Link to Wikipedia biography

Events

  • Death by Disease 16 October 1999 (Respiratory failure, age 76)
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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield submitted birth certificate. Wikipedia incorrectly has 1924.

Categories

  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Two)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids more than 3 (Six)
  • Personal : Death : Illness/ Disease
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Country-Western
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Jazz
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/ Pop, Rock, etc. (Blend of jazz, blues, and country)