Esther Phillips (born December 23, 1935, Galveston, Texas, USA - died August 7, 1984, Carson, California, USA) was an American soul and blues singer who was an influence on many other artists including Aretha Franklin. A mature singer at age fourteen, she won the amateur talent contest in 1949 at the Barrelhouse Club owned by Johnny Otis. Otis was so impressed he added her to his traveling revue, the California Rhythm and Blues Caravan, billed as 'Little Esther Phillips'. Her first hit record was "Double Crossing Blues" ( R+B), recorded in 1950 for Savoy Records.
The Country Side of Esther.
Phillips (1935-1984) first tasted chart stardom in the early ’50s as Little Esther, before spending the ’60s battling heroin addiction. Signing to Kudu in 1971, Esther then made the best music of her career. Kudu surrounded her with fine musicians and material and Phillips’ taut, clipped voice conveys intense emotion like few others. Home Is Where The Hatred Is (addiction), From A Whisper To A Scream (despair) and the best ever handling of Use Me (sex) are all here. Not every interpretation works, but when Esther engages with a song, the results are unforgettable.
Release Me," her uptown R&B version of a country song, made the pop Top Ten in 1962
Release Date 2018-08-24. Label Legacy Recordings. Catalog G010003787086A. Home Is Where the Hatred Is Original Mix. Esther Phillips.
Esther Phillips (December 23, 1935 – August 7, 1984) was an American singer. Phillips was known for her R&B vocals, but she was a versatile singer, also performing pop, country, jazz, blues and soul music. Missing lyrics by Esther Phillips? Know any other songs by Esther Phillips?