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Hortense Ellis, born 18 April, 1941

Hortense Ellis

One of the finest female voices to come out of Jamaica, Hortense Ellis, would have been 77 years old today. From the 1960s to the 1990s she recorded for almost any big producer, from Clement Dodd to Prince Buster, Lee Perry to Duke Reid.

Among the songs which made her popular were Unexpected Places, Woman Of The Ghetto, Superstar, Down The Aisle and Something You Got, which was recorded with her older brother Alton Ellis. And so many more.

She died on 19 October 2000 in Jamaica.

Here’s a playlist with some of her top tunes, remembering Hortense Ellis.

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