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Jimmy Rushing


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Oklahoma City OK, United States (1901 – 1972)

James Andrew (Jimmy) Rushing (August 26, 1901 - June 8, 1972) was an American blues shouter from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He joined Walter Page’s Blue Devils in 1927, then joined Bennie Moten’s band in 1929. He stayed with the successor Count Basie band when Moten died in 1935. When the Basie band broke up in 1950 he briefly retired, then formed his own group.

His build earned him a nickname and a signature song, “Mr. Five by Five” (“he’s five feet tall and he’s five feet wide”). His best known recordings are probably those of “Going to Chicago” with Basie and “Harvard Blues” with the famous saxophone solo by Don Byas. George Frazier, author of “Harvard Blues”, called Rushing’s distinctive voice, “a magnificent gargle”.

He died of leukemia in 1972 in New York City.


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  • madja_olbre


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  • JavoDeeJay

    Este hombre era dios disfrazado de cantante de soul

    30 Nov 2009 Reply
  • Krumbumbes

    Классика, епта....

    6 Oct 2009 Reply
  • SYL2Oh

    In the purest tradition of the blues shouters, the powerful voice of Jimmy Rushing fact match the orchestra, without ever abandoning the sensitivity.

    30 Apr 2008 Reply
  • GrayFlannelSuit

    Jimmy's album with Dave Brubeck is highly recommended.

    2 Apr 2008 Reply

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