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Again Johnny Sings / A Memorial to Johnny Ace / Memorial Album Number II (VINYL LP)

Ace, Johnny

Published by Duke Records, Houston, Texas, 1961
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
From Cat's Curiosities (Pahrump, NV, U.S.A.)

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Not a book but a 12-inch, 33-1/3 rpm, stereo vinyl record, Duke LP 71, "Again Johnny Sings / A Memorial to Johnny Ace / Memorial Album Number II," orange "playing-card" cover, stated "High Fidelity" to jacket front panel but "Long Playing . . . Stereo" to orange label on disc. Lovely disc has a few small smudges but no scratches; we'll call it "Very-good-plus" to be conservative. Cardboard jacket "as new" in what appears to be publisher's original shrink-wrap (although it's been opened.) Features "Pledging My Love," "Never Let Me Go," "Saying My Love For You," "How Can You Be So Mean," "Still Love You So," etc. Johnny Ace (John Marshall Alexander, Jr.) 1929-1954, son of a preacher, served in the Navy during the Korean War, joined B.B. King's band in Memphis as a pianist, and took over vocal duties when King departed for Los Angeles and vocalist Bobby Bland joined the Army, also taking over King's WDIA radio show. Johnny Ace then had a number of top R&B hits from 1952-1955, began touring with Big Mama Thornton, but died in Houston on Christmas Day, 1954, under circumstances which Nick Tosches declines to specify in "Unsung Heroes of Rock 'n' Roll: The Birth of Rock in the Wild Years Before Elvis," implying the "accident" reports may not tell the whole story. The generally accepted version is that Ace had been performing at the City Auditorium in Houston on Christmas Day 1954, and that during a break between sets he was playing with a .22 caliber revolver (Tosches says a .32.) Members of his band said he did this often, sometimes shooting at roadside signs from their car. Big Mama Thornton's bass player Curtis Tillman, who witnessed the event, reported, "Johnny Ace had been drinking and he had this little pistol he was waving around the table and someone said 'Be careful with that thing. . . .' and he said 'It's okay! Gun's not loaded . . . see?' and pointed it at himself with a smile on his face and 'Bang!' -- sad, sad thing. Big Mama ran out of the dressing room yelling 'Johnny Ace just killed himself!'" Posthumous LP record presumably early 1960s. Rhythm & Blues, rock 'n roll. Bookseller Inventory # 004563

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Title: Again Johnny Sings / A Memorial to Johnny ...

Publisher: Duke Records, Houston, Texas

Publication Date: 1961

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

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