Saturday, June 14, 2014

R.I.P.: Little Jimmy Scott

Jimmy Scott, the jazz star whose small stature, romantic phrasing and distinctly high voice helped make him one of the most unique vocal stylists of his era, died in his sleep on Thursday June 12, 2014. The singer was 88.

Scott transformed that voice into a marvelous musical instrument, one that was as expressive and as nuanced as any other in the history of jazz.  “Little” Jimmy Scott’s first taste of fame occurred in 1949 when he got a job singing with Lionel Hampton and His Orchestra but it wasn’t until January 1950 that Jimmy and the Hampton band recorded Scott’s one and only hit, “Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool.”

Jimmy Scott began releasing records under his own name in the 1950s but in the decades that followed he was up and down, in and out, gone and back, and for a time, literally lost to the music business. A one-time contemporary of great talents like Charlie Parker and Billie Holiday, as well as more obscure musicians like Big Maybelle, he remained a jazz singer nonpareil across seven decades. MORE HERE & HERE

Little Jimmy Scott : The Savoy Years & More

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