Born in Hutchinson, Kansas, singer Ann Jones (nee Ann Matthews) dove into the western swing scene of the 1940 and '50s, notably playing on the West Coast in various live venues and radio programs. She became a bandleader in the early 'Fifties, leading the "all girl" country group, the American Sweethearts over the course of several decades, and eventually settled in Southern California, although she continued to tour for many years. One of her longest collaborators was steel player Blanche Emerson, who was with the band right through to the late 1970s. In addition to the LPs she recorded, Jones also recorded numerous 78s and singles, both before and after she set out as a bandleader. Here's a quick look at some of her work...
Ann Jones "...And Her Western Sweethearts: 1949-1954" (Binge Discs, 2007) (CD)
Ann Jones "Blue Jean Baby" (BACM, 2012-?) (CD-R)
Ann Jones "...And Her American Sweethearts" (King/Audio Lab Records, 1959) (LP)
Ann Jones & Her American Sweethearts "Hit And Run" (King/Audio Lab Records, 1961) (LP)
Ann Jones & Her Sweethearts "Both Ends Of The Candle" (Sweetheart Enterprises, 1978) (LP)
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