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An outstanding Southern soul vocalist, Ella Washington was another performer whose style was so raw and intense that it had little chance of attracting any attention outside the R&B world. She also recorded for various small labels who were never able to break her songs, even within the soul arena. Her best material was done in the late '60s and early '70s, much of it produced by legendary disc jockey John Richbourg, for Monument's Sound Stage 7 label. Washington had one single, "The Grass Is Greener," leased to Atlantic from Octavia, but her 1969 self-titled LP didn't fare well, although she got good response from the single "He Called Me Baby/Stop Giving Your Man Away." ~ Ron Wynn