Singer, songwriter Jesse Belvin
Singer ~ Songwriter
birth name: Jesse Lorenzo Belvin

Jesse Belvin

December 15, 1932, San Antonio, TX ~ February 6, 1960, Fairhope, AR

Belvin was a prolific songwriter, but his business approach was rather cavalier. In a period in which millions of dollars were sometimes earned on a carefully protected copyright, Belvin wrote songs as a way of raising quick cash and often sold them outright to others for as little as 100 dollars. The result was dozens upon dozens of songs that Belvin was responsible for as writer and singer on the demo or guide track, few of which he actually received credit for. In 1956, he signed a long-term contract with Modern Records, and also continued to sing for other labels under assumed names, working in the background with other artists. Some of the Modern releases were credited to the Cliques, which was really Jesse Belvin and Eugene Church, but most were credited to Belvin alone. ~ Allmusic: Jesse Belvin ~ retrieved December 14, 2013 © Allmusic

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He also recorded an album, Just Jesse Belvin, developing a more mature and sophisticated sound on ballads. His style was influenced by Nat King Cole and Billy Eckstine, and became a model for Sam Cooke and others. He acquired the nickname ‘Mr. Easy,’ and the record company began moulding him as a potential crossover star for white audiences. […] However, before the album was issued, and shortly after finishing a performance in Little Rock on a bill with Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, and Marv Johnson, Belvin and his wife were killed in a head-on collision at Hope, Arkansas. The concert was the first concert played before an integrated audience in the history of Little Rock, and had been stopped twice by interruptions from whites in the audience, shouting racial epithets and urging the white teenagers in attendance to leave at once. There had been several death threats on Belvin prior to the concert, and there was speculation that Belvin's car had been tampered with prior to the accident, though nothing was ever proved. ~ Wikipedia: Jesse Belvin ~ retrieved December 14, 2013 © Wikipedia

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