Let It Roll

Ernestine Allen

Let It Roll
  • CAT # OBCCD-539-25

    1. Let It Roll 6:46
    2. I Want A Little Boy 3:46
    3. Lullaby Of Broadway 2:39
    4. Mean And Evil 3:24
    5. Love For Sale 2:59
    6. Miss Allen's Blues 5:36
    7. Baubles, Bangles, And Beads 2:52
    8. The Man I Love 3:20
    9. Tea For Two 3:05

A pioneering rhythm and blues vocal stylist, Ernestine Allen recorded prolifically between 1945 and 1961, yet this, her final session, was the only one to have been issued under her real name. Bandleader Lucky Millinder, for whom she worked from 1945 till 1954, dubbed her "Annisteen Allen" (after his hometown of Anniston, Alabama) and used to introduce her as a "red-hot tamale" from San Antonio. Allen was, in fact, from Toledo, Ohio, but her sassy interpretations of blues and popular standards were indeed red-hot. For Let It Roll–the title tune being an extended, partially scatted reprise of her famous Millinder hit–she was ably assisted by saxophonist King Curtis, pianist Paul Griffin, guitarists Al Casey and Chauncey Westbrook, bassist Jimmy Lewis, and drummer Belton Evans.

Let It Roll, I Want a Little Boy, Lullaby of Broadway, Mean and Evil, Love for Sale, Miss Allen's Blues; Baubles, Bangles & Beads; The Man I Love, Tea for Two

with King Curtis, Paul Griffin, Al Casey, Chauncey Westbrook, Jimmy Lewis, Belton Evans

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