Washington was born in Miami, Florida, and first recorded in 1965 for the local Octavia label. Her single 'The Grass Always Seems Greener' was leased to Atlantic Records for release, but did not achieve commercial success. In 1967, she began recording for the Sound Stage 7 label in Nashville, Tennessee. Several of her records were produced by radio disc jockey John Richbourg, and were recorded in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Her third single for Sound Stage 7, 'He Called Me Baby', was a reworking of a 1962 song by Harlan Howard (originally 'She Called Me Baby'), which had previously been recorded by many country singers including Bobby Bare and Patsy Cline. Washington's version reached # 77 on the Billboard Hot 100, and # 38 on the Billboard R&B chart, but was her only hit record. However, she released a self-titled LP in 1969, and a succession of singles on the Sound Stage 7 label through to 1972, including 'Stop Giving Your Man Away' and 'Trying To Make You Love Me'. In 1973, Washington turned from secular to gospel music. She sang 'Amazing Grace' and 'Because He Lives' at John Richbourg's funeral in 1986. By 2009, as Ella Washington Cobbs, she was pastor at Theos Ministries church in Opa-locka, Miami-Dade County, Florida.
Starving For Love collects the complete secular works of Ella Washington, including the early Octavia singles, her lone LP and all the 45s cut for Sound Stage 7, plus close to ten unissued recordings. All files chronicled, cleanly tagged and MP3 @ 320kbs. Thanks to original uploaders, enjoy.