Is your surname James?

Research the James family

Ida James's Geni Profile

Records for Ida James

9,299,301 Records

Share your family tree and photos with the people you know and love

  • Build your family tree online
  • Share photos and videos
  • Smart Matching™ technology
  • Free!


Ida James

Death: 1994
New York, NY, USA
Occupation: Actress
Managed by: Kenneth Kwame Welsh, (C)
Last Updated:

About Ida James

Delicate beauty Ida James was a sweet-honey voiced singer who's singing could rival the birds, she gained popularity in the 1940s for her beauty, high, bird-like voice, grace, and glamour. She was the definition of daintiness and winsomeness. In everything she did, she always had charm and grace in appearance and style. She gained stardom by singing her trademark song, "Shoo Shoo Baby," and from that she was always known as and billed as "The Shoo Shoo Baby" and "The Shoo Shoo Girl." Her recognition came by singing with Nat King Cole, they both popularized the song "Is You Is, Or Is Not My Baby," they sung the duet in a musical short together. She sung with various popular trios and bands in which she recorded with also. In 1945, she was voted by music fans as one of the top 20 popular vocalists in America.

As an actress, she was very convincing, her first screen appearance was in "The Devil's Daughter," where she gave a watchable and commendable performance showing she could very much be an actress given the chance. Several years later, she appeared in "Hi-De-Ho" with Cab Calloway, where she gave another favorable performance. In between she did quite a few musical shorts. She appeared in leading Black magazines and print ads of the time as well. Ida James was always a likable presence on stage and screen. Not too many women possessed such charm, soft, sweet beauty, class and lady-like qualities as Ida James did. She was always a class act, irresistibly pleasing to the eyes and to the ears. (IMDb Mini Biography By: Alicia T. (

Vocalists who were featured with Erskine Ramsay Hawkins' orchestra include Ida James, Delores Brown and Della Reese. ( ).

view all

Ida James's Timeline

New York, NY, USA