Chanteur, compositeur et pianiste US né le 15 Décembre 1932 à San Antonio (Texas). Jesse Belvin débuta en 1951 comme pianiste du groupe de Big Jay Mc Neeley. Puis il enregistra au sein de groupes comme les "Cliques", les "Sharptones", les "Three Dots", les "Sheiks" et en solo. Il a enregistré pour Specialty, Recorded In Hollywood, Modern, Candelight, Knight, Kent, Cash, Class, Jamie, Aladdin, Crown, Tender, Money, et RCA Records. Jesse Belvin est mort dans un accident de voiture le 6 Janvier 1960 à Fairhope (Arkansas).

While not nearly as well remembered by the general public as either Sam Cooke or Otis Redding, singer Jesse Belvin was in many regards a performer of equal stature whose career was also cut far too short by tragedy. At the time of his death, Belvin was moving in the much the same direction as Cooke (he was even on the same record label, although signed earlier), and was scoring and writing hits long before Redding ever cut a record.
Jesse Lorenzo Belvin was born in San Antonio, TX, in 1932. When he was five, his family relocated to Los Angeles, and by age seven he was singing in church. He discovered R&B in his early teens, and in 1950 joined jazz saxophonist Big Jay McNeely's backing Vocals quartet Three Dots and a Dash. Belvin's falsetto was placed up front in his debut release, 1950's "All the Wine Is Gone"; the response was so strong that on the group's next record, his name was placed directly under McNeely's on the B-side, "Sad Story." In 1952, Belvin and bandmate Marvin Phillips signed to Specialty. They cut four singles: the first three — "Baby Don't Go," "One Little Blessing," and "Love of My Life" — were credited to Jesse Belvin, and all failed to chart. The last, "Dream Girl," which featured Belvin on piano and Vocalss with Phillips on saxophone, was credited to Jesse & Marvin, and got to number two on the R&B charts in 1953.
Unfortunately, just as it looked like Belvin's career was going to take off, he was drafted. While home on leave, he wrote a song called "Earth Angel," inspired by a young white woman who lived near him. The song was subsequently recorded by a semi-professional doo wop quartet called the Penguins and became one of the first R&B singles to cross over onto the pop charts, selling a million copies between late 1954 and early 1955. (A lawsuit later erupted over the authorship and origins of the song, which took almost two years to settle; Belvin was awarded one-third credit for the song, alongside  the Penguins' Curtis Williams and a third singer who had a claim to writing it.)
Belvin was a prolific songwriter, but his business approach was rather cavalier. In a period in which millions of dollars were sometimes earned on a carefully protected copyright, Belvin wrote songs as a way of raising quick cash and often sold them outright to others for as little as 100 dollars. The result was dozens upon dozens of songs that Belvin was responsible for as writer and singer on the demo or guide track, few of which he actually received credit for. In 1956, he signed a long-term contract with Modern Records, and also continued to sing for other labels under assumed names, working in the background with other artists. Some of the Modern releases were credited to the Cliques, which was really Jesse Belvin and Eugene Church, but most were credited to Belvin alone.
It was with Modern that he cut his most enduring record. "Goodnight My Love" had been written by producer George Mottola ten years earlier, but he had never been able to finish it; Belvin provided the lines for the bridge that completed the song, but asked for 400 dollars in lieu of co-authorship credit. Mottola didn't have it, but a colleague, John Marascalco, did, and put up the money, receiving co-authorship credit in the bargain. The song reached number seven on the R&B charts in 1956; curiously, the pianist on the recording was an 11-year-old session player making his recording debut named Barry White, who would emerge as a giant in his own right about two decades later. More important at the time, "Goodnight My Love" became the outro theme to Alan Freed's rock & roll radio show, heard by millions of young listeners every night.
Belvin cut ten singles for Modern, of which "Goodnight My Love" was far and away the most successful. In 1958, he was again on the move, recording for Knight, Class, and Jamie Records under his own name, as well as for the Aladdin label in association with the Sharptones. His biggest success that year, however, came through a group called the Shields, which had been formed by George Mottola to record on his own Tender label. Adding his voice to the mix, Belvin joined the group, which also included Frankie Ervin on lead and Johnny "Guitar" Watson on guitar. The Shields' only record with Belvin was "You Cheated," which had already been cut by a white group called the Slades; the Shields' version was the more successful, reaching number 15 on the pop charts in the summer of 1958.
Around this time, Belvin's career took a decided upswing, in part with help from his wife Jo Anne, a fine songwriter in her own right who became his manager and took charge of his career. One of the first results was getting him signed to RCA Records; his first big success for the new label came in April of 1959 with the Top 40 hit "Guess Who." He finished his first album, Just Jesse Belvin, later in the year, developing a more mature studio sound and a somewhat more sophisticated singing style as well. Like Sam Cooke, who would follow him on to RCA with similar goals a short time later, Belvin began to realize that he had the potential to cross over to adult white audiences while keeping his original fans as well. For its part, RCA saw in Belvin the potential for another Nat 'King Cole or Billy Eckstine: a powerful and charismatic performer; he had acquired the nickname "Mr. Easy" for his way with the ballads that increasingly made up his live sets.
In late 1959, with the encouragement of his wife and the support of producer Dick Pierce and arranger/conductor Marty Paich, Belvin went into the studio for three recording dates that yielded a dozen songs, among them intensely soulful covers of standards like "Blues in the Night," "In the Still of the Night," and "Makin' Whoopee." The band included Art Pepper on the sax and clarinet and Jack Sheldon on the trumpet, and the playing was extraordinary all the way around. Alas, Belvin never heard the finished album, Mr. Easy; on February 6, 1960, shortly after finishing a performance in Little Rock, AR, on a bill with Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, and Marv Johnson, Belvin and his wife were killed in a head-on auto collision. Mr. Easy was released later in 1960, his final testament and an enduring legacy.

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Talents : Singer

Style musical : Doo Wop, Rock 'n' Roll, Rhythm 'n' Blues

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DREAM GIRL (1952) (Jesse & Marvin)

GOODNIGHT MY LOVE (1956)

WELL ALRIGHT, OKAY, YOU WIN (1959)

GUESS WHO (1959)

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles

06/1952 SP SPECIALTY 435 (US) JESSE & MARVIN - Baby Don't Go / Confusin' Blues
11/1952 SP SPECIALTY 447 (US) JESSE & MARVIN - Dream Girl / Daddy Loves Baby
1952 SP RECORDED IN HOLLYWOOD 412 (US) Daddy Loves Baby / My Love Comes Tumbling Down
12/1952 SP RECORDED IN HOLLYWOOD 120 (US) Hang Your Tears out To Dry / Dream Girl 
02/1953 SP KING 4607 (US) Hang Your Tears out To Dry / Dream Girl 
02/1955 SP MONEY 208 (US) I'm Only A Fool / Trouble & Misery
04/1955 SP SPECIALTY 550 (US) One Little Blessing / Gone
1955 SP SPECIALTY 559 (US) Love Love Of My Life / Where's My Girl
10/1956 SP MODERN 1005 (US) Goodnight My Love / I Want You With Me Christmas
02/1957 SP MODERN 1013 (US) I Need You So / Senorita
03/1957 SP MODERN 1015 (US) Don't Close The Door / By My Side
05/1957 SP MODERN 1020 (US) I'm Not Free / Sad & Lonesome
09/1957 SP MODERN 1025 (US) Summertime / You Send Me
11/1957 SP CASH 1056 (US) Beware / Dry Your Tears
12/1957 SP MODERN 1027 (US) Just To Say Hello / My Satellite
07/1958 SP RCA VICTOR 47-7310 (US) Volare / Ever Since We Met
10/1958 SP RCA VICTOR 47-7387 (US) Funny / Pledging My Love
02/1959 SP RCA VICTOR 47-7469 (US) Guess Who / My Girl Is Just Enough Woman For Me
1959 SP KNIGHT 2012 (US) Deacon Dan Tucker / Little Darling
1959 SP RCA VICTOR 47-7543 (US) Here's A Heart / It Could've Been Worse
1959 SP RCA VICTOR 47-7596 (US) Give Me Love / I'll Never Be Lonely Again
1959 SP JAMIE 1145 (US) Goodnight My Love / My Desire
1960 SP RCA VICTOR 47-7675 (US) The Door Is Always Open / Something Happens To Me
1960 SP CLASS 267 (US) Jessie BELVIN - I'm Confessin' / Deep In My Heart
1960 SP KENT 326 (US) Sentimental Reasons / Senorita
1961 SP IMPACT 23 (US) Looking For Love / Tonight My Love








Albums

1959 LP 12" RCA VICTOR LPM 2089 (mono) / LSP 2089 (stereo) (US) JUST JESSE BELVIN - Secret Love / Love Is Here To Stay / Ol' Man River / Now You Know / Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart / Guess Who? / Witchcraft / Funny / Take Me Back To The Island / The Masquerade Is Over / My Funny Valentine / Alright, Okay, You Win
1959 LP 12" CROWN CLP-5145 (US) THE CASUAL JESSE BELVIN - Goodnight My Love / (I Love You For) Sentimental Reasons / I'll Mess You Up / Once Upon A Time / I'm In Love / Girl Of My Dreams / My Desire / Don't Close The Door / Senorita / I Want To Know Why
1960 LP 12" RCA VICTOR 2105 (US) MR. EASY - It's All Right With Me / Something Happens To Me / What's New / In The Still Of The Night / Blues In The Night / Let There Be Love / Imagination / The Best Is Yet To Come / Makin' Whoopee! / Angel Eyes / I'll Buy You A Star / The Very Thought Of You
1961 LP 12" CROWN CLP-5187 (US) THE UNFORGETTABLE JESSE BELVIN - Let Me Love You Tonight / I Need You So / Satellite / Just Say Hello / Lonesome Blues / Dream House / I'm Not Free / You Send Me / By My Side / Let's Make Up
1963 LP 12" CROWN CLP-5350 (US) BROOK BENTON AND JESSIE BELVIN - Brook BENTON / Jessie BELVIN - Love's That Way / No One Like Her Love / Steppin' Out Tonight / Girl Of My Dreams / By My Side / Want Cha Gone / Only Your Love / My Desire / Dream House / Senorita
1964 LP 12" CROWN CLP-5402 (mono) / CST402 (stereo) (US) THE GREAT BROOK BENTON & JESSIE BELVIN - Brook BENTON / Jesse BELVIN - The Girl I Love (Brook BENTON) / A New Love (Brook BENTON) / Dreams On Dreams (Brook BENTON) / Goodnight My Love / Once Upon A Time - I'm In Love / I'll Mess You Up / I Want To Know Why / Don't Close The Door / Just Say Hello
1966 LP 12" CAMDEN CAL 960 (US) JESSE BELVIN'S BEST
1967 LP 12" CUSTOM CM-2058 (mono) / CS-1058 (stereo) (US) ...BUT NOT FORGOTTEN - Goodnight My Love / (I Love You For) Sentimental Reasons / I'll Mess You Up / Once Upon A Time / I'm In Love / Girl Of My Dreams / My Desire / Don't Close The Door / Senorita / I Want To Know Why
1971 LP 12" UNITED SUPERIOR US-7720 (US) ..BUT NOT FORGOTTEN - Goodnight My Love / (I Love You For) Sentimental Reasons / I'll Mess You Up / Once Upon A Time / I'm In Love / Girl Of My Dreams / My Desire / Don't Close The Door / Senorita / I Want To Know Why
1975 LP 12" RCA 0966 (US) YESTERDAYS
1984 LP 12" KENT ? (UK) ..BUT NOT FORGOTTEN - Goodnight My Love / (I Love You For) Sentimental Reasons / I'll Mess You Up / Once Upon A Time / I'm In Love / Girl Of My Dreams / My Desire / Don't Close The Door / Senorita / I Want To Know Why
1984 LP 12" ACE CH 96 (UK) MEMORIAL ALBUM - Goodnight My Love / You Send Me / Let Me Love You Tonight / Senorita / I'm In Love (With A Girl) / Girl Of My Dreams / My Desire / (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons / Dream House / Just To Say Hello / I Wanna Know Why / Sad And Lonesome / I Need You So / I'll Mess You Up
08/1990 CD SPECIALTY 7003 (US) THE BLUES BALLADEER - Gone / Dream Girl (Alternate Take) / Don't Stop (Pretty Baby) (demo version) / Confusin' Blues / Love, Love Of My Life / Daddy Loves Baby / Puddin' 'n' Tane / Open up Your Heart (demo version) / One Little Blessing / Baby Don't Go / Ding Dong Baby (demo version) / Where's My Girl / Love Me (demo Version) / Love Of My Life (demo version) / Daddy Loves Baby / Love Comes Tumbling Down / Dream Girl / Confusin' Blues (Aka Jesse's Blues (demo)) / Blues Has Got Me / Hang Your Tears Out to Dry (AkA Dry Your Tears) / What's the Matter (demo version) / Let's Try Romance / Come Back
03/1997 CD ACE 336 (UK) GOODNIGHT MY LOVE - Goodnight My Love / (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons / I'll Mess You Up / Once Upon A Time / I'm In Love (With A Girl) / Girl In My Dreams / My Desire / Don't Close The Door / Senorita / I Wanna Know Why / Let Me Love You Tonight / I Need You So / My Satellite / Just To Say Hello / Dream House / I'm Not Free / You Send Me / By My Side / Let's Make Up / Summertime / I Want You With Me At Christmas / Goodnight My Love (Alternate Take) / Sad And Lonesome / Beware / What Can I Do (Without You) / I'll Make A Bet
04/1997 CD COLLECTABLES 2701 (US) GOLDEN CLASSICS - Secret Love / Love Is Here To Stay / Ol' Man River / Now You Know / Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart / Guess Who? / Witchcraft / My Funny Valentine / Funny / Take Me Back To The Island / (I'm Afraid) The Masquerade Is Over / Alright, Okay, You Win / It's All Right With Me / Something Happens To Me / What's New? / In The Still Of The Night / Blues In The Night / Let There Be Love / Imagination / Best Is Yet To Come / Makin' Whoopee / Angel Eyes / I'll Buy You A Star / Very Thought Of You / Girl In My Dreams / Goodnight My Love
11/2004 2 CD ACE 1020 (UK) GUESS WHO :
CD 1 : Secret Love / Love Is Here To Stay / Ol' Man River / Now You Know / Zing! Went the Strings Of My Heart / Guess Who / Witchcraft / My Funny Valentine / Funny / Take Me Back To The Island / (I'm Afraid) The Masquerade Is Over / Alright, Okay, You Win / Ever Since We Met / Pledging My Love / My Girl Is Just Enough Woman For Me {from Redhead}/ Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu) / Old MacDonald / Dandilyon
CD 2 : Give Me Love / I'll Never Be Lonely Again / Door Is Always Open / It Could Have Been Worse / Here's A Heart /It's All Right With Me / Something Happens To Me / What's New? / In The Still Of The Night / Blues In The Night / Let There Be Love / Imagination / Best Is Yet To Come / Makin' Whoopee / Angel Eyes / I'll Buy You A Star / Very Thought of You / My Last Goodbye
07/2006 CD NIGHT TRAIN 7097 (US) SO FINE - Confessing / Deep In My Heart / Black Stockings / Rock 'n' Roll Cowboy / Tarzan / What Have You Done To My Heart / I Need Your Love / Dollar And A Quarter / Wondering / Dandelion / Old McDonald / This Heart Of Mine / Don't Worry About That Girl / Trudy My Love / Black Stockings / Father Time / It's Mighty Funny / You're So Divine / Dear Heart / I Love Her So / Where's My Girl / Taboo Man [takes 1 & 2] / So Fine / Counterfeiter / Who Baby Who / Here In My Heart / Shotgun Wedding / Country Boy / The Time Is Coming Close To Christmas
09/2008 CD ALFA 1001 (?) THE UNFORGETTABLE JESSE BELVIN - FOR SENTIMENTAL REASONS - Goodnight My Love / Dream House / Let Me Love You Tonight / I Wanna Know Why / I Need You So / For Sentimental Reasons / Just Say Hello / Once Upon A Time / Sad And Lonesome / I'm In Love / Girl Of My Dreams / My Desire / My Satellite / Senorita / I'll Mess You Up / You Send Me / Lonesome Blues / I'm Not Free / Don't Close The Door / By My Side / Let's Make Up
02/2010 CD MAX CAT ? (US)

HANG YOUR TEARS OUT TO DRY - Dream Girl / Hang Your Tears Out To Dry / I'm Only A Fool / Betty My Darling / Trouble And Misery / Hum De Dum / Dear Heart / Little Darling / This Is My Love Song / My Satellite / Baby Don't Go / Let Me Dream / Where's My Girl / Deacon Dan Tucker / Beware / One Little Blessing / Sugar Doll

12/2010 CD HALLMARK ? (UK) JUST JESSE BELVIN - Secret Love / Love Is Here To Stay / Ol' Man River / Now You Know / Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart / Guess Who? / Witchcraft / Funny / Take Me Back To The Island / The Masquerade Is Over / My Funny Valentine / Alright, Okay, You Win
02/2011 CD MARGATE ? (US) DREAM GIRL - Dream Girl / Hang Your Tears Out To Dry / I'm Only A Fool / Betty My Darling / Trouble And Misery / Hum De Dum / Dear Heart / Little Darling / (This Is My) Love Song / My Satellite / Baby Don't Go / Let Me Dream / Where's My Girl / Deacon Dan Tucker / Beware / One Little Blessing / Sugar Doll
02/2011 2 CD JASMINE 156 (UK) THE UNFORGETTABLE MR. EASY :
CD 1 : Dream Girl (JESSE & MARVIN) / Baby Don't Go / Confusing Blues / Dream Girl / Hang Your Tears Out To Dry / I'm Only A Fool / Trouble And Misery / Where's My Girl / Love, Love Of My Life / One Little Blessing / Gone / Betty My Darling / Dear Heart / Hum De Dum / Girl In My Dreams / I Wanna Know Why / Goodnight My Love (Pleasant Dreams) / Let Me Love You Tonight / Beware / My Satellite / Just To Say Hello / Let Me Dream / Sugar Doll / Deacon Dan Tucker / Little Darling / (This Is My) Love Song
CD 2 : Secret Love / Love Is Here To Stay / Ol' Man River / Now You Know / Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart / Guess Who / Witchcraft / My Funny Valentine / Funny / Take Me Back To The Island / I'm Afraid The Masquerade Is Over / Alright, Okay You Win / It's Alright With Me / Something Happens To Me / What's New / In The Still Of The Night / Blues In The Night / Let There Be Love / Imagination / The Best is Yet To Come / Making Whoopee / Angel Eyes / I'll Buy You A Star / The Very Thought Of You

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