"Little" Esther Phillips

Vocals, Piano

Date of Birth:  December 23, 1935    Galveston, TX

Date of Death:  August 7, 1984    Carson, CA

Place of Burial:  Forest Lawn Memorial Park

                          6300 Forest Lawn Drive

                          Los Angeles, CA 90068

Has Marker:  Yes

Grave Location:  Morning Light Section, Lot 2591, Internment Space  2


Release Me - Reflections Of Country And Western Greats, Lenox Records (LX-227)

And I Love Him, Atlantic Records (8102)

Esther, Atlantic Records (8122)

Burnin' - Live At Freddie Jett's Pied Piper, L.A., Atlantic Records (SD 1565)

From A Whisper To A Scream, CBS (ZK 40935)

Black-Eyed Blues, Kudu (KU-14)

Performance, Kudu (KU-18)

Confessin' The Blues, Atlantic Jazz (7 90670-2)

All About Esther Phillips, Mercury (SRM-1-3733)

Here's Esther...Are You Ready?, Mercury (SRM-1-3769)

At Onkel Pö's Carnegie Hall Hamburg 1978, Jazzline (N 78047)

The Best of Esther Phillips, Rhino Records (R2 72624)


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