Esther Phillips

Esther Phillips (born Esther Mae Jones; December 23, 1935 – August 7, 1984) was an American singer, best known for her R&B vocals. She rose to prominence in 1950, scoring several major R&B hits including "Double Crossing Blues" and "Mistrustin' Blues" under the moniker "Little Esther". In the 1960s, she achieved chart success with the country song "Release Me" and recorded in the pop, jazz, blues and soul genres. Phillips received a Grammy nomination for her single "Home Is Where the Hatred Is" in 1973 and her disco recording of "What a Diff'rence a Day Makes" was a major hit in 1975. She died from liver and kidney failure due to long-term drug abuse in 1984.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 23, 1935 (Galveston), Died August 7, 1984 (Torrance)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1953

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 84871 7/15/1953 If you want me Esther Phillips vocalist  
Decca 84872 7/15/1953 Talkin' all out my head Esther Phillips vocalist  
Decca 84873 7/15/1953 Sit down back Esther Phillips vocalist  
Decca 84874 7/15/1953 He's a no good man Esther Phillips vocalist  
Decca 85277 9/29/1953 Stop cryin' Esther Phillips vocalist  
Decca 85278 9/29/1953 Please don't send me Esther Phillips vocalist  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Phillips, Esther," accessed December 6, 2023,

Phillips, Esther. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 6, 2023, from

"Phillips, Esther." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 6 December 2023.

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