Discover New Music is a music discovery service that gives you personalised recommendations based on the music you play.

Start your profile Close window

Lorraine Ellison


Everyone’s tags

More tags


b. Marybelle Luraine Ellison, 17th March 1931, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
d. 31st January 1983.

Lorraine Ellison’s full name is Marybelle Luraine Ellison Gonzalez-Keys (she was married twice) and was born and raised in Philadelphia.
Lorraine recorded with two gospel groups, the Ellison Singers and the Golden Chords, but left the latter in 1964 to pursue a solo career in R & B music.
She also sang with a group called the Sylvania Singers before forming the Ellison Singers.
‘I Dig You Baby’ (number 22 R & B) in 1965 was her first chart entry.

Lorraine signed with the Loma imprint, and had a fortunate break when Frank Sinatra cancelled a studio recording, leaving an orchestra with nothing to do.
She stood in at the last minute and recorded the Soul Classic, ‘Stay With Me’.
‘Stay With Me’ (number 11 R & B, number 64 pop) in 1966 was the song that really took her to another level.
‘Stay With Me’ was written and produced by Jerry Ragovoy and really helped establish and imbed Soul Music within the music industry.
‘Heart Be Still’ (number 43 R & B, number 89 pop), followed in 1967.
Lorraine never charted again, however, she released ‘Try Just A Little Bit Harder’ in 1968, which rock singer Janis Joplin later remade with great success.
Her compositions, on which she often collaborated with her manager, Sam Bell (of Garnet Mimms And The Enchanters fame), were recorded by Howard Tate and Garnet Mimms.
Lorraine has a surviving daughter named Tonya A. Ellison-Veal.
There are 2 remaining members of the original Ellison singers still getting on with day to day things, (Pauline Ellison-King & Jean Ellison-Dennison).


Top Albums

Listening Trend

55,562listeners all time
244,898scrobbles all time
Recent listeners trend:

Start scrobbling and track your listening history users scrobble the music they play in iTunes, Spotify, Rdio and over 200 other music players.

Create a profile


Leave a comment. Log in to or sign up.
  • ChristFollower3

    Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight. –Proverbs 12:22

    22 Feb 10:40pm Reply
  • helloimjoshua

    haha man she's amazing!

    31 May 2013 Reply
  • AntBeeMomofuku

    You can feel Stay With Me down deep in your soul. Sung with such feeling and depth.

    14 May 2013 Reply
  • jupiter-crash

    An incredible voice.

    15 Sep 2012 Reply
  • J-Gardner


    18 Apr 2012 Reply
  • johannacorr

    Stay With Me Baby. Absolutely a fantastic song. I remember playing this song over and over again when I was younger. It gripped my heart everytime I heard it way back then, and just listening to it while watching the film 'The Boat That Rocks' ...well, what can I say, the two were just a magical and emotional rollercoaster ..........Love it/Love em both!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    15 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Insta-Records

    This was a HOT song back in '68-69. Then it fell off the map. I've been walkin' around for the last "upteen" years with this name, and song that no-one had ever heard of. Then I heard MaryJ use it in a medley at the Grammy's or some award show... and I said, Lorraine Ellison, "Stay With Me Baby". I knew I wasn't dreamin'. What a POWERFUL song!!!... and a voice to match!! Can't wait 'til it comes up in my rotation!! WOW!!!

    20 Nov 2010 Reply
  • TheFeldster

    Great soul musician =)

    9 Nov 2009 Reply
  • ima_fish

    STAYYY WITH MEEE BABBYYYYYYYY!!! ;D such a tune <3

    5 Nov 2009 Reply
  • zeppoleon


    28 Sep 2009 Reply
  • DsMusics

    so nice

    20 Sep 2009 Reply
  • apocolunch

    ..with respect to all the other fine artists who covered this great,great soul song....Lorraine Ellison can HURT you ,man . She is one of the originals from whom the mold was MADE !! ...often imitated...never duplicated...she rules from beyond the pale!! Thank you Lord for singers that come from the heart!

    28 Feb 2009 Reply
  • epi_gee


    2 Apr 2008 Reply
  • geisterfag

    mary j. blige covered stay with me on the grammy awards. powerful.

    13 Feb 2007 Reply

Top Listeners