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Jimmy Witherspoon


Among the great blues performers from the post-World Battle II period, Jimmy Witherspoon was also versatile a sufficient amount of to match comfortably in to the jazz globe. Witherspoon was created on August 8, 1920, in Gurdon, AR. As a kid, he sang within a cathedral choir, and produced his debut recordings with Jay McShann for Philo and Mercury in 1945 and 1946. His very own initial recordings, using McShann’s music group, resulted in lots one R&B strike in 1949 with “Ain’t Nobody’s Business, Pts. 1 & 2” on Supreme Information. Live shows of “No Rollin’ Blues” and “Big Great Girl” supplied ‘Spoon with two even more strikes in 1950. The middle-’50s had been a lean period, with his design of shouting blues briefly out of style; singles were attempted for Government, Chess, Atco, Vee Jay, among others, with small achievement. Jimmy Witherspoon on the Monterey Jazz Celebration (HiFi Jazz) from 1959 raised him back to the limelight. Partnerships with Ben Webster or Groove Holmes had been documented, and he toured European countries in 1961 with Buck Clayton, carrying out overseas a lot more times within the decades to check out; some memorable music resulted, but Witherspoon’s greatest 1960s album can be Evening Blues (Prestige), which features T-Bone Walker on acoustic guitar and Clifford Scott on saxophone. Because the ’70s started, Witherspoon made a decision to take a brief break from live shows, settled in LA, took employment as a disk jockey, and continuing making information. In 1971 Witherspoon teamed up with previous Pets vocalist Eric Burdon for the recording Guilty. Sadly it sold badly. By 1973 his brief pension from live shows was over. Witherspoon was prepared to return on the highway and assembled an incredible band having a youthful Robben Ford on business lead guitar. Those concert events had received reviews that are positive, rejuvenating Witherspoon’s move toward an absolute rock/soul audio. He traveled to London in 1974 to record Like Is really a Five Notice Word with English blues maker Mike Vernon. Vernon got created critically acclaimed English blues albums by John Mayall, Fleetwood Mac pc, and A DECADE After. By the first ’80s, Witherspoon was identified as having throat tumor. Although he continued to be energetic and was a favorite concert attraction, the result of the condition on his vocals was apparent. Witherspoon passed on on Sept 18, 1997, at age 77.

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Full Name Jimmy Witherspoon
Died September 18, 1997, Los Angeles, California, United States
Profession Singer
Nationality American
Awards Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award
Music Songs Ain't Nobody's Business, Good Rockin' Tonight, Goin' Down Slow, Trouble in Mind, No Rollin' Blues, C C Rider, How Long Blues, S.K. Blues, Evenin', Roll 'em Pete, New Orleans Woman, I Had a Dream, I've Been Treated Wrong, When the Lights Go Out, Goin' To Kansas City, Mean Old Frisco, Failing by Degrees, Hey, Mrs. Jones, Time's Gettin' Tougher Than Tough, How I Hate to See Xmas Come Around, One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer, One Fine Gal, Past Forty Blues, Outskirts of Town, Love Is a Five Letter Word, Real Ugly Woman, Spoonful, Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You, Big Fine Girl, Endless Sleep, Spoon's Blues, Cain River Blues
Albums The Blues Is Now, Blues Around the Clock, Some of My Best Friends Are the Blues, Rockin' L.A., Spoon's Life (Blues Power) [feat. George Smith, Johnny Dollar, Sammy Lawhorn, Nick Charles, Roosevelt "snake" Shaw], Blowin' In From Kansas City, The Blues Singer, Sings The Blues Sessions, Soledad Blues, Jimmy Witherspoon Sings The Blues, Goin' Around in Circles, Jimmy Witherspoon: Singin' the Blues, Federal Sessions, Goin' to Chicago Blues, Jimmy Witherspoon: Roots (feat. Ben Webster), The Blues, the Whole Blues and Nothing but the Blues, College Man, 1950-1951, Jimmy's Blues, Golden Hits, Spoon Sings the Blues 1946-1950 (feat. Jay McShann) [Blues Collection Historic Recordings], The Mega Collection, Roots (feat. Ben Webster) [Bonus Track Version], Urban Blues Singing Legend 1947-1948, Explore, Cherry Red, Save a Little Piece of Tomorrow, Blue Haze, The Collection 1957-1962, Once There Lived A Fool, Urban Blues Singing Legend 1945-1947, Roots, Good Rockin' Tonight, 'Spoon, Jazz Figures / Jimmy Witherspoon (1950-1951), The Gold Standard Series, Jazz, Big Band & Swing Classics - Jimmy Witherspoon, Urban Blues Singing Legend 1949-1951, Star Dreams Live, Four Classic Albums Plus (Goin' to Kansas City Blues / Witherspoon Mulligan Webster at the Renaissance / Jimmy Witherspoon at Monterey / In Person (Olympia Concert) [Remastered), The Best of the Best: Jimmy Witherspoon, Express Yourself, The Master Takes, Jimmy Witherspoon & Panama Francis' Savoy Sultans (The Definitive Black & Blue Sessions (Paris 1980)), Spoon Calls Hootie, Leopard Lady, Six Foot Two Blues, Popular Culture, Wonderful World, Be With Me, Amazing Top Hits, Turn Of The Year Masquerade
Movies Georgia, The Black Godfather

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1 His birthday has often been given as 8 August 1923, but according to his son, it was 18 August 1921.
2 Blues singer; started professional career during World War II.



Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill 2016 TV Movie writer: "T'ain't Nobody's Business If I Do" - as Witherspoon
American Horror Story TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2014 writer - 1 episode, 2014
Fido 2006 performer: "Sweet Lovin' Baby" / writer: "Sweet Lovin' Baby" - as James J. Witherspoon
Da Vinci's Inquest TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2000 writer - 1 episode, 2000
B. Monkey 1998 performer: "I'M GOIN ROUND IN CIRCLES"
My Son the Fanatic 1997 performer: "T'Aint Nobody's Business"
Devil in a Blue Dress 1995 performer: "AIN'T NOBODY'S BUSINESS" / writer: "AIN'T NOBODY'S BUSINESS"
To Sleep with Anger 1990 performer: "See See Rider"
Shindig! 1965 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Hollywood a Go Go 1965 TV Series performer - 1 episode



The Big Easy 1996 TV Series Elmore
Georgia 1995 Trucker
To Sleep with Anger 1990 Percy
Willa 1979 TV Movie
The Black Godfather 1974 Nate
The Bill Cosby Show 1969 TV Series Janitor



Ad Lib 1981/I TV Series Himself
The Midnight Special 1974 TV Series Himself
Black Omnibus 1973 TV Series Himself
A Whole Scene Going 1966 TV Series Himself
Juke Box Jury 1966 TV Series Himself - Panellist
Shindig! 1965 TV Series Himself - Singer
Stramash! 1965 TV Series Himself
Hollywood a Go Go 1965 TV Series Himself - Singer
Jazz Casual 1963 TV Series Himself - Blues Singer

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Blues Masters 1999 Video documentary

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