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Johnny Ace is mostly remembered as an early rock fatality or for his biggest (and farewell) hit, "Pledging My Love." There are different versions regarding Ace's death, but the official verdict was suicide by Russian roulette backstage on Christmas Eve of 1954.) Still there's more to Ace than mere myth.Urban R&B on the cusp of becoming rock and roll, Ace's music was as uptown as the Texas-based Duke Records would produce throughout most of the '50s. "Pledging" itself is a solemn vow that also ended up the B-side of Elvis Presley's last release; "Never Let Me Go" and "The Clock" take a similarly thoughtful pace, while "Don't You Know" presages the gritty uptown strut of Bobby Bland. Listening to Memorial Album, Ace will haunt you with more than just his tragic end.

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Pledging My Love- What a Song

It's sad, chimey, and melodic. I first noticed it in the movie Bad Lieutenent, and here it is.

Pledging my Love

Big hit when I was a sophmore in high school in the Bronx-Johnny Ace was the man-this a great album and if you havent heard it, you just have to if you like 50s music.

Thanks to Paul Simon

Paul wrote a song about the Late Great Johnny Ace, and got my my curiousity up. Glad he did. Suicide is a tragedy no mater what. But over the years we have lost too much talent to its clutches. Hmmm?

Biography

Born: June 9, 1929 in Memphis, TN

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '40s, '50s

The senseless death of young pianist Johnny Ace while indulging in a round of Russian roulette backstage at Houston's City Auditorium on Christmas Day of 1954 tends to overshadow his relatively brief but illustrious recording career on Duke Records. That's a pity, for Ace's gentle, plaintive vocal balladry deserves reverence on its own merit, not because of the scandalous fallout resulting from his tragic demise. John Marshall Alexander was a member in good standing of the Beale Streeters, a loosely...
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