Buddy and Ella Johnson 1953-1964

Buddy Johnson

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Buddy and Ella Johnson 1953-1964 Review

by Bill Dahl

Four discs (104 tracks in all) that exhaustively document the Mercury, Roulette, and Old Town output of big-band veteran Buddy Johnson, whose eternally swinging outfit was seductively fronted by his sister Ella (along with several interchangeable male crooners). Buddy's band wasn't as big as it once was during his Mercury tenure (tenor saxman Purvis Henson was at the core of the blazing horn section), but the tightly arranged New York-style sizzle remained.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 03:14 Amazon
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Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 03:05 Amazon
3 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 03:08 Amazon
4 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 03:09 Amazon
5 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:54 Amazon
6 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:46 Amazon
7 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 03:05 Amazon
8 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:52 Amazon
9 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 03:02 Amazon
10 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:28 Amazon
11
Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:53 Amazon
12 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:39 Amazon
13 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:59 Amazon
14
Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 03:06 Amazon
15
Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 03:04 Amazon
16 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:39 Amazon
17 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 03:09 Amazon
18 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 03:05 Amazon
19 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 03:08 Amazon
20 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:43 Amazon
21
Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:32 Amazon
22 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:45 Amazon
23
Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:25 Amazon
24 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:52 Amazon
25 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:34 Amazon
26 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:50 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:45 Amazon
2
Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:37 Amazon
3
Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:37 Amazon
4 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:47 Amazon
5 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 03:03 Amazon
6 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:51 Amazon
7 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:38 Amazon
8 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:44 Amazon
9 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:31 Amazon
10 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 03:01 Amazon
11 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:53 Amazon
12 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:42 Amazon
13 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:28 Amazon
14 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:31 Amazon
15 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:43 Amazon
16
Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:09 Amazon
17
Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:38 Amazon
18 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:41 Amazon
19
Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:11 Amazon
20 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:47 Amazon
21
Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:28 Amazon
22 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:36 Amazon
23 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:25 Amazon
24 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:45 Amazon
25 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:57 Amazon
26 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:38 Amazon
27 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:33 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:51 Amazon
2 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:30 Amazon
3 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:48 Amazon
4 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:47 Amazon
5
Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:20 Amazon
6 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:20 Amazon
7 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:44 Amazon
8 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:49 Amazon
9 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 03:00 Amazon
10 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:32 Amazon
11 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 03:19 Amazon
12 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:24 Amazon
13 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:39 Amazon
14 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:23 Amazon
15 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:12 Amazon
16 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:23 Amazon
17 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 03:25 Amazon
18 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:50 Amazon
19 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:53 Amazon
20 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 03:07 Amazon
21 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 03:05 Amazon
22 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:18 Amazon
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Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:34 Amazon
24
Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:40 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:14 Amazon
2 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:28 Amazon
3 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:07 Amazon
4
Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:21 Amazon
5 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 03:02 Amazon
6
Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:59 Amazon
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Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 03:31 Amazon
8 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:00 Amazon
9 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:55 Amazon
10 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:45 Amazon
11 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:22 Amazon
12 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 03:10 Amazon
13 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 01:58 Amazon
14 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 01:45 Amazon
15 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:44 Amazon
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Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:24 Amazon
17
Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:04 Amazon
18 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:40 Amazon
19 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:16 Amazon
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Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:03 Amazon
21 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:17 Amazon
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Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:40 Amazon
23 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:11 Amazon
24 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:37 Amazon
25 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:33 Amazon
26 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:40 Amazon
27 Buddy Johnson feat: Ella Johnson 02:30 Amazon
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