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Ethel Ennis
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Ennis at the 2007 Silver Spring Jazz Fest in Silver Spring, Maryland
Background information
Birth name Ethel Llewellyn Ennis
Born (1932-11-28)November 28, 1932
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Died February 17, 2019(2019-02-17) (aged 86)
Baltimore, Maryland
  • Vocal jazz
Years active 1955–2005

Ethel Llewellyn Ennis (November 28, 1932 – February 17, 2019) was an American jazz singer. She was born in Baltimore, Maryland. She was known as the "First Lady of Jazz".


Her debut was with 1955's Lullabies for Losers was released by Jubilee Records. In 1957, Ennis moved to the Capitol Records label for a two-album contract, and A Change of Scenery was released.

Ennis toured with Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington during her career. She performed the main song for the movie Mad Monster Party?. Ennis was invited to sing at the second inauguration of Richard Nixon.


Ennis died at her home in Baltimore from a stroke on February 17, 2019, aged 86.

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