Hortense Ellis

About Hortense Ellis

b. 18 April 1941, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies, d. 19 October 2000, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. Ellis began her career performing on Vere Johns’ Opportunity Hour, where she appeared in six semi-finals and four finals demonstrating her vocal skills. Unfortunately, her later career was often overshadowed by her brother Alton Ellis, the man regularly referred to as the godfather of reggae. In 1962, Byron Lee enrolled her services to perform with his band the Dragonaires, and two years later she was awarded the honour of Jamaica’s best female vocalist. She also recorded with Ken Lack, enjoying hits with ‘I Shall Sing’ and ‘Brown Girl In The Ring’ (later a massive international hit for Boney M. ), and with Coxsone Dodd, recording ‘I’ll Come Softly’ and ‘I’m Just A Girl’, an interpretation of Alton’s hit, ‘I’m Just A Guy’. In 1969 she was again awarded the silver cup as the island’s top female vocalist 


09   reggae train
09   Alton Ellis   Can't Get Use To Losing You
05   Hortense Ellis   Ain't that loving you
04   Derrick Morgan   Sunday monday blues
01   Hortense Ellis   I'm still in love
02   Derrick Morgan   Blazing fire
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