Johnny Ace

Johnny Ace

Top Albums


Johnny Ace Memorial Album,
Duke

Johnny Ace: Pledging My Love,
Universal Special Products

Johnny Ace: The Complete Duke
Recordings, Geffen

The Chronological Johnny Ace:
1951–1954, Classics

Johnny Ace: Essential
Masters, Burning Fire, digital download

Johnny Ace: Aces Wild! The
complete solo sides and sessions, Fantastic Voyage

Johnny Ace Biography

FEBRUARY 21TH, 2022
























Johnny Ace, June 9 1929 – December 25th, 1954, was first person to reach the Billboard pop
charts after his death. His real name was John Marshall Alexander. He had been famously
playing with a .32 revolver when, believing the gun was unloaded, he pointed it to his head
and pulled the trigger. The gunshot was fatal. Reports of what exactly happened are disputed.
He is said to be Rock n Roll’s first casualty. Ace lived fast and loose.

His musical style was the blues, in particular his most famous song “Never Let Go” was a blue
ballad. A blue ballad combines Anglo and Afro American musical styles. It has a slow temp and
is often a slow, sentimental song.

Johnny began his career in 1952 as a member of the “Beale Streeters.” He recorded “Never Let
Me Go”, “Please Forgive Me”, “The Clock”, “Yes, Baby” and “Cross My Heart.”

He is most famous for being a mellow “crooner” for “Pledging My Love” (1955). A “crooner” is
a signer who sings ‘soft, sentimental’ songs in a ‘low voice. Considered a transitional
figure between the Blues and Rock n Roll, he was the first solo black entertainer to attract
a white audience outside of historically “black” music.

Ace was said to be a black man who sang in a white style. A contemporary of Elvis, Ace was
a foil against Presley. Little is known about Ace: he died early, there are no known
interviews,
photos, film or video. Ace had eight consecutive R&B Hits: “My Song”, “Cross My Heart,”
“Please
Forgive Me,” “The Clock,” “Pledging My Love,” “Saving My Love for You,” and “Anymore” and
“Never
Let Me Go”

Ace was a womanizer who abandoned his wife and two children. According to Jean Ace, “We never
really had a marriage.” His family disapproved of his chosen career path, especially his
mother — would let his wife and children stay in her house but not Ace.

Ace’s short musical career — only 18 months — still had a meaningful impact on music. Bob
Dylan and Paul Simon have acknowledged Ace as an influence. “The music of the late ‘50s and
early ‘60s when music was at that root level—that for me is meaningful music. The singers and
musicians I grew up with transcend nostalgia—Buddy Holly and Johnny Ace are just as valid to
me today as then.” ~Bob Dylan. Never Let Me Go, probably his most famous song, was at
position 9 on the Billboard “US Rhythm & Blues” chart for 1954. The song has been covered by
famous artists including Aretha Franklin and Bob Dylan.

Top Videos


PLEDGING MY LOVE

1049202 Views

Back when music actually had a meaning

This was one of the most beautiful song written and sung in the do wop era . Bless you johnny!!

THE CLOCK

129247 Views

Such a lonely sound but a masterpiece

What a wonderful discovery : Johnny Ace.Old times Wow!

ANYMORE

41535 Views

https://youtu.be/JJIVh4gAxQg

Johnny Ace, so smooth!

PLEASE FORGIVE ME

46377 Views

The late great johnny Ace as my grandparents would
say

GREAT!!!!!!!

NO MONEY

11575 Views

Solid gold i should have played this when i was
homeless

Nick Tosches brought me here.

NEVER LET ME GO

79837 Views

I finally found this BEAUTIFUL SONG♥♥♥. LOVE U
4EVER QEC.

Oow yes…Beautiful 🎶🎶👍🏻🎶🎶

MY SONG

87711 Views

How sentimental, how beautiful. I will always
remember this wonderful voice.

A soulful and charismatic voice like no other. His songs burn in my memory

CROSS MY HEART

61489 Views

Beautiful!🔥🔥

AWESOME

MID NIGHT HOURS JOURNEY

18483 Views

Lovely !!

Blues personifed. My heart is crying. The late great Johnny Ace. Up there with the best blues
singers around.

SO LONELY

11011 Views

Good song…

great song

Discography

Johnny Ace Memorial Album, Duke US Chart: UK Chart:
Johnny Ace: Pledging My
Love, Universal Special Products
US Chart: UK Chart:
Johnny Ace: The Complete
Duke Recordings, Geffen
US Chart: UK Chart:
The Chronological Johnny
Ace: 1951–1954, Classics
US Chart: UK Chart:
Johnny Ace: Essential
Masters, Burning Fire, digital download
US Chart: UK Chart:
Johnny Ace: Essential
Masters, Burning Fire, digital download
US Chart: UK Chart:
Johnny Ace: Aces Wild!
The complete solo sides and sessions, Fantastic Voyage
US Chart: UK Chart:

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