Ella Mae Morse

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Ella Mae Morse (September 12, 1924 October 16, 1999) was an American popular singer. Ella was born in Mansfield, Texas.

She was hired by Jimmy Dorsey when she was 14 years old. Dorsey believed she was 19, and when he was informed by the school board that he was now responsible for her care, he fired her. In 1942, at the age of 17, she joined Freddie Slack's band, with whom in the same year she recorded "Cow Cow Boogie," Capitol Records' first gold single.

In 1943 she began recording solo. She sang in a wide variety of styles, and she had hits on both the pop and rhythm and blues charts. However, she never became a major star. Her biggest solo success was 1952's "Blacksmith Blues". She ceased recording in 1957 but continued performing until 1987. Morse had six children from two marriages.

Morse died of respiratory failure in Bullhead City, Arizona.

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