Johnny Ace


Johnny Ace (June 9, 1929 - December 25, 1954, b. John Marshall Alexander, Jr.) was an R&B singer, songwriter, and pianist who became famous during the early 1950s. He topped the R&B charts with "My Song" (1952), "The Clock" (1953), and "Pledging My Love" (1955), which also became a Top 20 Pop/Rock hit. Prior to going solo, he co-founded The Beale Streeters with Bobby Bland and Earl Forrest. Ace died of an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound at age 25.

Best known songs (with years) include:

  • Pledging My Love (1955)

Pop charts debut year: 1955

Years active: 1949-1954

Genres: R&B

Labels: Duke, Flair


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