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South Carolina, United States (1919 – 2004)

Ella Mae Johnson (June 22, 1919 - February 16, 2004) was an American jazz and rhythm and blues vocalist.

Born in Darlington, South Carolina, she joined her brother Buddy Johnson in New York as a teenager, where he was leading a popular band at the Savoy Ballroom. Her singing drew comparisons to Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday.

Johnson scored her first hit with "Please, Mr. Johnson" in 1940. Subsequent hits included "Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit That Ball?", "When… read more

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