Hortense Ellis

Photo Credit: Jamaican Gleaner

Hortense Ellis

Hortense Ellis Died on Thursday 19th October at Kingston Public Hospital. She was suffering from a stomach ailment and had to be re-hospitalised after being released last week. The Mother of 14 children. She is the sister of rock steady star Alton Ellis with whom she recorded a number of collaborations in early years. Sincere condolences are sent to her family and Friends.

Born 1949 Trenchtown she also recorded under the names of Queen Tiney and Mahalia Saunders in 1964 Awarded the Honour of Jamaica's Best Female Vocalist and in 1969 she was awarded the Silver Cup of Jamaica's Top Female Vocalist. Her biggest hit "Unexpected Places" recorded for producer Gussie Clarke.

Jamaica's First Lady Of Song - Third World (1977)
Reflections - Ballistic (1979)
Let It Be Me 'With Jackie Edwards' - Jamaica Sound (1978)
Lover's Rock + Johnny Clarke & Pat Kelly - Third World (1979)
Feelings - Reggae Sun + Derrick Morgan - Amo/Carrere (France)

With Derrick Morgan - Conflict (GB)


Other big singles were:


Woman Of The Ghetto, Superstar, Down The Aisle and Something You Got,

which was recorded with Alton Ellis.

Many thanks to Roger Dalke