Hortense Ellis

Also known as Dawn Love, Ellis, F. Ellis, H. Ellis, H.Ellis, Hortence Ellis, Hortenes Ellis, Hortennse Ellis, Hortens Ellis, Hortense
This performer (group) in the Internet: http://www.hortense-ellis.com

Discography of Hortense Ellis:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 I Am In Love / I'm Just A Girl 2 Audio 2005-11-00 Soul Jazz Records
2 Woman Of The Ghetto / Woman Of The Ghetto Dub 2 Audio Impact!
3 Superstar 2 Audio 1977 Hawkeye
4 If You Knew 2 Audio 1979 JB Music
5 Reggae Sun 10 Audio 1980 Amo Records
6 Alton & Hortense Ellis 14 Audio 1990-01-01 Studio One
7 I'm Still In Love With You 18 Audio 2006-05-15 Heartbeat Records (2)
8 Mocking Bird / Corra Bella Baby 2 Audio 1973 Count Shelly
9 Queen Of Reggae Music 10 Audio 1995 Peter Pan Industries
10 I've Been A Fool / Hold Me Tenderly 2 Audio 1965 Blue Beat
11 Feelings 10 Audio 1978 Alltone
12 I'll Come Softly / I'm In Love 2 Audio 1963 R&B (2)
13 Lovers Rock 10 Audio 1979 Third World
14 I'm Still In Love With You 18 Audio 2006-05-15 Heartbeat Records (2)
15 Young Hearts Run Free / You Send Me 2 Audio 1979 Justice (2)
16 Alton & Hortense Ellis 14 Audio 1990-01-01 Heartbeat Records (2)
17 Feelings 9 Audio 1978 Santa-Fe
18 Unexpected Places 2 Audio 1978 Hawkeye
19 Unexpected Places 3 Audio 1981 Burning Rockers
20 Reflections 9 Audio 1979 Ballistic Records
21 If You Know 2 Audio 1978 Rootsman
22 Jamaica's First Lady Of Songs 10 Audio 1977 Third World
23 Lady Of The Night / Sympathy 2 Audio Thompson & Koos
24 First Cut 2 Audio Pickout
25 Alton & Hortense Ellis 14 Audio Studio One
26 Woman Of The Ghetto 2 Audio Impact!
27 Alton & Hortense Ellis 14 Audio 1990 Heartbeat Records (2)
28 Feelings 10 Audio
29 Secretly 2 Audio Studio One
30 Why Birds Fly 2 Audio Studio One
31 Secretly 2 Audio GG's Records
32 Girls 4 Audio 1978 Mandingo
33 Kiss & Say Goodbye 2 Audio 1976 Ja-Man Records
34 Give Thanks 2 Audio 1979 Burning Rockers
35 Somebody Help Me / Rock & Shake 2 Audio 1967 Fab
36 Love Is The Key 2 Audio 2010 Rock A Shacka
37 Which Way You Going Natty / Dubwise Freddy 2 Audio Top Ranking
38 I'm Still In Love With You Boy 2 Audio 1977 Conflict (2)
39 Woman Of The Ghetto 2 Audio Demon Records (4)
40 Stages In Life / Mocking Bird 2 Audio 1972 Clintones
41 With All My Heart 2 Audio Big Hit!
42 Ain't No Sunshine / You Are Everything 2 Audio 1972 Camel
43 Endless Love 2 Audio 1984 Sonic Sounds
44 Jah Mysterious Works 2 Audio 2012 Dub Irator
45 Skylarking / You Done Me Wrong 2 Audio Lovelinch Music
46 Have A Good Time 2 Audio Track United
47 You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody / Cricket Lovely Cricket 2 Audio Warrior Records (2)
48 Woman Of The Ghetto 4 Audio 2003
49 High School Dance / Mocking Bird 2 Audio Clintones
50 Time After Time 2 Audio Field Marshall

Hortense Ellis, the younger sister of reggae superstar, [a=Alton Ellis], was born April 18th 1941 in Trench Town, Jamaica. Her father worked on the railways while her mother ran a fruit stall.

Hortense was just 18 years old when she appeared on The Vere Johns Opportunity Hour, which was then Jamaica's foremost outlet for undiscovered young talent. Her version of [a=Frankie Lymon]'s "I'm Not Saying No At All" went down so well with the audience and the panel that she was invited back the following week.

Hortense went on to enter many other competitions and showcases managing to reach six semi-finals and four finals. In 1964 she was awarded a silver cup as Jamaica's Best Female Vocalist - a feat she was to repeat five years later.

By the late sixties, Hortense had extensive experience both in live performance and in the studio. She had toured Jamaica with [a=Byron Lee And The Dragonaires] and had begun recording with some of the island's top producers. Among these were [a=Ken Lack], [a=Arthur "Duke" Reid] and [a=Clement "Coxsone" Dodd].

Alton Ellis was also recording with Dodd at this time and the family connection was cleverly exploited as Dodd produced "female" adaptions of several of Alton's hits for Hortense to record. The ever-resourceful Dodd also paired Alton and Hortense on a run of classic duets.

The siblings toured Canada in 1970 but by the following year Hortense was back in Jamaica. She married Mikey "Junior" Saunders with whom she had five children in quick succession. Although her live performances suffered as a result, Hortense remained busy in the studio. Recording under the name Mahalia Saunders for producer [a=Lee Perry] she cut several sides including "Right On The Tip Of My Tongue" and "Piece Of My Heart".

Hortense's biggest commercial success came in the late seventies with a song cut for [a=Augustus "Gussie" Clarke]. "Unexpected Places" was a big hit in Jamaica and was released in Britain on the [l=Hawkeye] label.

For producer [a=Bunny Lee], Hortense became Queen Tiney for her "Down Town Ting" - an answer record to the [a=Althea & Donna] hit "Uptown Top Ranking" which had itself been based on the rhythm of Alton Ellis's "I'm Still in Love With You".

Around this time, Hortense recut many of her [l=Studio One] sides with [a=Soul Syndicate, The], [a=Aggrovators, The] and the up and coming team of [a=Sly & Robbie ].

The rise of the Lovers Rock genre in the late seventies and early eighties resulted in Hortense cutting cover versions of several soul classics including "Down The Aisle" (Patti LaBelle) and "Young Hearts Run Free" (Candi Staton).

Following her divorce from Mikey Saunders, Hortense spent much of the eighties in Miami and New York. On returning to Jamaica in 1989, she began suffering severe health problems; but managed to carry on with occasional live local performances - something she loved immensely.

She recovered sufficiently to make a private visit to New York in the summer of 1999 and then to Miami the following year where illness finally caught up with her.

Hortense Ellis, known by so many in Jamaica and all over the world as "Jamaica's First Lady Of Song", passed away in her sleep in a Kingston hospital on October 18th 2000

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