Ernestine Allen


Let It Roll

  • Release Date: 14 Feb 1991
  • OBCCD-539-2

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 … MORE