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Ed Townsend

voc, p, key, 1929-2003 US, Fayetteville, Tennessee
Singer / Songwriter / Producer of R&B/Soul and Pop
A.k.a. Edward Benjamin Townsend

Born: 16th April 1929, Fayetteville, Tennessee, U.S.A. Died: 13th August 2003, San Bernardino, California, U.S.A. Graduated from Arkansas state college and taught briefly before joining the Marine Corps and serving two years in Korea. Toured the Far East with bandleader Horace Heidt and moved to Los Angeles in the mid-1950s. Singer/songwriter renowned for his 1958 hit "For Your Love" and a string of hits which he also wrote. Also co-wrote and and co-produced the 1973 hit "Let's Get It On" (along with three other songs on Marvin Gaye's Let's Get It On album). Worked with Gaye again on 1978's Here, My Dear. Endured a life long battle with alcoholism and in 2001 he set up his own charity, EBT New Life Inc, and the associated 12 Step Records to assist others in recovery from addiction. His son David Townsend (1955-2005) was a member of soul trio Surface. Father of David Rogers (10), Mike Townsend, David Townsend.

  • Vocals
  • Piano
  • Keyboards
  • R&B/Soul
  • Pop
  • Blues
  • Jazz
  • Rock
Popular Tracks   
For Your Love on Lost Hits Of The 50's by Various Artists
For Your Love on One More Time: Rarely Heard Hits by Various Artists
Don't Ever Leave Me - Remastered on Golden Selection by Ed Townsend
Rockin' Chair on Capitol Sings Hoagy Carmichael: Stardust by Various Artists
I Might Like It on I Love You / I Might Like It by Ed Townsend
Prisoner of Love - Remastered on Golden Selection by Ed Townsend
I Love You on I Love You / I Might Like It by Ed Townsend
I'm in Love - Remastered on Golden Selection by Ed Townsend
I Am - Remastered on Golden Selection by Ed Townsend
Till the End of Time - Remastered on Golden Selection by Ed Townsend

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
Volcano / CherrigaleBilly Preston / Ed Townsend2013Single
New In Town + Glad To Be HereEd Townsend2011Compil.
For Your LoveEd Townsend2002Compil.
Tonight, I Celebrate My Love / For Your LovePeabo Bryson & Roberta Flack / Ed Townsend1990Single
If A Peanut Farmer Can Do It (So Can I) / Take A Vow For PeaceEd Townsend1977Single
NowEd Townsend1975Album
Color Me Human / NoEd Townsend1970Single
Who Would Deny MeEd Townsend1967Single
I Want To Be With You / Don't Lead Me OnEd Townsend1966Single
I Love You / I Might Like ItEd Townsend1964Single
CryingEd Townsend1964Single
There's No EndEd Townsend1963Single
You Walked In / I Love To Hear That BeatEd Townsend1962Single
Tell Her / Down HomeEd Townsend1962Single
And Then Came Love / Little Bitty DaveEd Townsend1961Single
Dream World / CherrigaleEd Townsend1961Single
Ed Townsend's Boogie Woogie (Part I) / Ed Townsend's Boogie Woogie (Part II)Ed Townsend1961Single
Stay With Me (A Little While Longer) / I Love Everything About YouEd Townsend With The Townsmen1960Single
I Am / SymphonyEd Townsend1959Single
In The Still Of The Night / Mam'selleEd Townsend1959Single
Be My Love / With No One To LoveEd Townsend1959Single
Glad To Be HereEd Townsend1959Album
New In Town / Lover, Come Back To Me / I Am / Mam'selleEd Townsend1959Single
Lover Come Back To Me / Don't Ever Leave MeEd Townsend1959Single
New In TownEd Townsend1959Album
Hold On / This Little Love Of MineEd Townsend1959Single
What Shall I Do?Ed Townsend1958Single
For Your Love / Over And Over AgainEd Townsend1958Single
Getting By Without You / Richer Than IEd Townsend1958Single
Lover Come Back To Me / In The Still Of The NightEd TownsendSingle
For Your Love / You're So FineEd Townsend, The FalconsSingle
Doin' The SupermanEd TownsendSingle
When I Grow Too Old To DreamEd TownsendSingle
For Your Love / GloriaEd Townsend / EnchantmentSingle
There's No End / A Tear FellEd Townsend / Ray CharlesSingle
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