The world of music is undoubtedly full of legends that have made their own mark and have carved their own niche in the various fields and genre of music and its various forms.
The life and music of Johnny Ace
There are few music legends who are able to have such a significant impact on music in such a short time. He was only 25-years-old when he passed away.
Born on the 9th day of June in 1929, Johnny Ace served in the US Navy during World War II, before he decided to follow his heart in the field of music and he went AWOL. He joined the band of Adolph Duncan thereafter and started to establish himself in the band as a pianist. Later he joined another band with B.B. King and continued his musical journey with zeal and fervor and blended himself beautifully into the band performances.
In the coming years he had to take over the entire band and started to guide and managed the overall performances, as King had left the band for good. He confidently carried on the band-functions and musical choreography by himself and had also looked after the radio shows which were previously organized by king.
From thereon, he moved ahead with sucess. As the days passed, he did his first recording, a song called ‘My Song’ which was a heart felt ballad and had enormous success on the Rhythm and Blues charts. Instantly Johnny Ace has gained a remarkable position as a successful contributor in this genre and thus he never had to look back, as moved on with great admiration from his fans across the country.
A string of hits including his biggest one, “Pledging My Love”
The following years saw him rising higher and higher on the musical charts and performed in many musical venues and tours, which were often accompanied by Willa Mae Thornton.
The next two years witnessed him churning out 8 musical hits one after the other for a 9 month stretch. His tracks ‘The Clock’, ‘Yes Baby’, ‘Never Let Me Go’, and ‘Saving My Heart for You’ have been very popular with music lovers and R&B enthusiasts.
Johnny Ace had a string of singles that all became Top Ten R&B hits. One of those hits, “Pledging My Love,” became Ace’s only pop single, reaching to the Top 20 of the Hot 100 hits.
His songs and tracks were full of touching lyrics which attracted all men and women despite their skin-color as they painted pictures and evoked emotions of nostalgia and sweet remembrances full of feelings of love, longing and passion.
The soothing effects of his mellow melodies have made him a store-house of talent, which culminated in 1954 when he was named as The Most Programmed Artist. He was also one of the most bankable and promising musicians who had successfully and beautifully transformed Rhythm n Blues into Rock n Roll.
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Tragedy Strikes R&B Field; Johnny Ace Dies in Russian Roulette Game HOUSTON, Jan. 1, 1955 – Rhythm and blues recording star Johnny Ace accidentally killed himself while playing Russian roulette at a holiday dance here on Saturday (25). The shoot