Annisteen Allen

~ Person

Legal name: Ernestine Allen


Annisteen Allen born Ernestine Letitia Allen (November 11, 1920 – August 10, 1992) was an American blues singer.

Annisteen Allen was born in Champaign, Illinois. Her first recordings were made in 1945, and included "Miss Annie's Blues" and "Love for Sale". She sang with Big John Greer, Wynonie Harris, and Lucky Millinder. In 1951, Federal Records signed her to sing with Millinder's orchestra. She scored other hits with Millinder such as "I'll Never Be Free", "Let It Roll", "Moanin' the Blues", and "More, More, More". Federal's parent company, King Records, acquired her in 1953.

Her single "Baby I'm Doin' It" released in 1953 charted on Billboard R&B chart (#8). After releasing the single, Apollo Records sued King for copyright infringement, and as a result King dropped her from its roster. She then signed with Capitol Records and did tours with Joe Morris and The Orioles. In 1955 she scored a hit in the U.S. with "Fujiyama Mama". She became a solo artist in the 1960s.

Annisteen Allen died in Harlem, New York City at age 71.

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Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1986 Fujiyama Mama 1
1989 Give It Up 1
2004 Blues & Rhythm Series: The Chronological Annisteen Allen 1945-1953 1
2007 Fujiyama Mama 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1951 Cloudy Day Blues / Lies, Lies, Lies 1
1951 Hard to Get Along / Too Long 1
1952 The Bittersweet / The Bluest Blues 1
1953 Trying to Live Without You / My Baby Keeps Rollin' 1
1953 Baby, I'm Doing It / Yes, I Know 1
1953 Wanted / My Brand Of Loving 1
1954 Down by the River / I Don't Want No Substitute 1
1954 Take a Chance on Me / No More Lovin' 1
1955 I've Got Troubles / Nothing Can Replace You 1
1955 Fujiyama Mama / Wheels of Love 2
1955 I'm Still in Love With You / Mine, All Mine 1
1956 Don't Nobody Move / The Money Tree 2
1957 Don't Pull the Wool Over My Eyes / That's the Music for Me 1
1957 Rough Lover / Pardon Me 1
1959 Don't Bug Me, Beatrice / Sweet William 1
1959 Trouble in Mind / Let It Roll 1
1960 Slide Mr. Trombone / Big Fat Mama 1

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