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Esther Mae Phillips (Jones)

Birthplace: Galveston, TX, USA
Death: Died in Carson, CA, USA
Cause of death: Liver and kidney failure due to drug use/Laennec's cirrhosis of the liver
Place of Burial: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Arthur Washington and Lucille Green
Sister of <private> Jones

Managed by: Kenneth Kwame Welsh, (C)
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About Esther Mae Phillips

Esther Phillips (December 23, 1935 – August 7, 1984) was an American singer. Phillips was known for her R&B vocals, but she was a versatile singer, also performing pop, country, jazz, blues and soul music.

Born Esther Mae Jones in Galveston, Texas. When she was an adolescent, her parents divorced, and she was forced to divide her time between her father in Houston and her mother in the Watts area of Los Angeles. Because she was brought up singing in church, she was hesitant to enter a talent contest at a local blues club, but her sister insisted and she complied. A mature singer at age fourteen, she won the amateur talent contest in 1949 at the Barrelhouse Club owned by Johnny Otis. Otis was so impressed that he recorded her for Modern Records and added her to his traveling revue, the California Rhythm and Blues Caravan, billed as 'Little Esther Phillips' (she reportedly took the surname from a gas station sign). ( Esther Phillips - Wikipedia ).

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Esther Mae Phillips's Timeline

December 23, 1935
Galveston, TX, USA
August 7, 1984
Age 48
Carson, CA, USA
August 14, 1984
Age 48
Los Angeles, CA, USA