Signedby Savoy Records she had her first recording session with the companyin September 1951. Although her early singles were commerciallyunsuccessful, she was invited by Alan Freed to perform at the MoondogCoronation Ball in Cleveland on March 21, 1952. Because of concernsover crowd safety, the concert was shut down by the authorities afterthe first song, and in the event Dillard did not perform. However,her next record, 'Easy, Easy Baby', reached no. 8 on the BillboardR&B charts in July 1952. She then toured with Oran 'Hot Lips'Page and The Five Keys before the record company paired her withsinger H-Bomb Ferguson for a series of duets. She had her biggest hitin mid 1953 with 'Mercy, Mr. Percy', which reached no. 6 on the R&Bcharts. The song was nationally popular and became her theme song,but she had difficulty following it up. Her next major success andfinal chart hit came in early 1955 when she recorded 'Johnny HasGone', a tribute to singer Johnny Ace who had died as a result of anaccidentally self-inflicted gunshot - the so-called 'RussianRoulette'. Dillard's recording was one of the most popular of severaltributes to Ace and reached no. 6 on the R&B charts. She went ontour again and starred in the first Rock'n'Roll show in New Jersey inMay 1955. She left the Savoy label in early 1956 and signed for theRCA subsidiary Groove where she issued several singles including atribute to James Dean, 'I Miss You Jimmy'. In 1957 she moved from itssubsidairy to the mother label RCA Victor. With the producers JerryLeiber and Mike Stoller she recorded several tracks backed by TheCookies but finally again unsuccessful commercially. She was droppedby the label in early 1958. She went on to record for the Triumphlabel set up by Herb Abramson of Atlantic Records fame. Then shemoved to MGM's subsidairy Club Records. Her last recordings were donein 1961.