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|Birth name||Ernestine Letitia Allen|
November 11, 1920|
Champaign, Illinois, United States
|Died||August 10, 1992
Harlem, New York City, New York, United States
|Labels||Tru-Sound LP, Capitol/Pathe Marconi, Official, Rev-Ola |
Annisteen Allen (born Ernestine Letitia Allen, November 11, 1920 – August 10, 1992) was an American blues singer.
Annisteen Allen was born in Champaign, Illinois. Her first recordings were made in 1945, and included "Miss Annie's Blues" and "Love for Sale". She sang with Big John Greer, Wynonie Harris, and Lucky Millinder. In 1951, Federal Records signed her to sing with Millinder's orchestra. She scored other hits with Millinder such as "I'll Never Be Free", "Let It Roll", "Moanin' the Blues", and "More, More, More". Federal's parent company, King Records, acquired her in 1953.
Her single "Baby I'm Doin' It" released in 1953 charted on Billboard R&B chart (#8). After releasing the single, Apollo Records sued King for copyright infringement, and as a result King dropped her from its roster. She then signed with Capitol Records and did tours with Joe Morris and The Orioles. In 1955 she scored a hit in the U.S. with "Fujiyama Mama". She became a solo artist in the 1960s.
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