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Johnny Ace

On Christmas 1954 Johnny Ace performed what would be his last show at the City Auditorium in Houston, TX. Ace (real name John Marshall Alexander Jr.), a Memphis, TN born R&B singer, was one of Duke Records most successful artists and had recorded a string of hit singles. Backstage at the City Auditorium Ace, a gun enthusiast, was playing with a .22 handgun which unnerved his girlfriend and several others. To ease their worries Ace claimed the gun was unloaded and to prove it he put the gun to his head, smiled and pulled the trigger. Ace's death is one of the most legendary in rock 'n' roll his ...read more

On Christmas 1954 Johnny Ace performed what would be his last show at the City Auditorium in Houston, TX. Ace (real name John Marshall Alexander Jr.), a Memphis, TN born R&B singer, was one of Duke Records most successful artists and had recorded a string of hit singles. Backstage at the City Auditorium Ace, a gun enthusiast, was playing with a .22 handgun which unnerved his girlfriend and several others. To ease their worries Ace claimed the gun was unloaded and to prove it he put the gun to his head, smiled and pulled the trigger. Ace's death is one of the most legendary in rock 'n' roll history and is popularly told as being a death by Russian roulette. Ace's last and most successful single "Pledging My Love", was released posthumously. His songs have been featured in many movies and his life and death told in many stories and songs. Ace and his music remains in integral part in the development of rock 'n' roll and the men and women the music would make stars. « hide

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