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Jimmy Witherspoon

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One of the great blues singers of the post-World War II period, Jimmy Witherspoon was also versatile enough to fit comfortably into the jazz world. Witherspoon was born on August 8, 1920, in Gurdon, AR. As a child, he sang in a church choir, and made his debut recordings with Jay McShann for Philo and Mercury in 1945 and 1946. His own first recordings, using McShann's band, resulted in a number one R&B hit in 1949 with "Ain't Nobody's Business, Pts. 1 & 2" on Supreme Records. Live performances of "No Rollin' Blues" and "Big Fine Girl" provided 'Spoon with two more hits in 1950.

The mid-'50s were a lean time, with his style of shouting blues temporarily out of fashion; singles were tried for Federal, Chess, Atco, Vee Jay, and others, with little success. Jimmy Witherspoon at the Monterey Jazz Festival (HiFi Jazz) from 1959 lifted him back into the limelight. Partnerships with Ben Webster or Groove Holmes were recorded, and he toured Europe in 1961 with Buck Clayton, performing overseas many more times in the decades to follow; some memorable music resulted, but Witherspoon's best 1960s album is Evening Blues (Prestige), which features T-Bone Walker on guitar and Clifford Scott on saxophone. As the '70s began, Witherspoon decided to take a short break from live performances, settled in Los Angeles, took a job as a disc jockey, and continued making records. In 1971 Witherspoon teamed up with former Animals vocalist Eric Burdon for the album Guilty. Unfortunately it sold poorly. By 1973 his short retirement from live performances was over. Witherspoon was ready to get back on the road and assembled an amazing band featuring a young Robben Ford on lead guitar. Those live shows had received positive reviews, rejuvenating Witherspoon's move toward a definite rock/soul sound. He traveled to London in 1974 to record Love Is a Five Letter Word with British blues producer Mike Vernon. Vernon had produced critically acclaimed British blues albums by John Mayall, Fleetwood Mac, and Ten Years After. By the early '80s, Witherspoon was diagnosed with throat cancer. Although he remained active and was a popular concert attraction, the effect of the disease on his vocals was obvious. Witherspoon passed away on September 18, 1997, at the age of 77. ~ Bob Porter, Scott Yanow & Al Campbell, Rovi

Title: The Concerts

Artist: Jimmy Witherspoon

Genre: Blues, Jazz

Title: Art Collection

Artist: Jimmy Witherspoon

Genre: Blues

Title: Together Again

Artist: Jimmy Witherspoon

Genre: Blues

Title: Singles

Artist: Jimmy Witherspoon

Genre: Blues

Title: Cherry Red

Artist: Jimmy Witherspoon

Genre: Blues

Title: Pink Champagne

Artist: Jimmy Witherspoon

Genre: Blues

Title: Early Blues

Artist: Jimmy Witherspoon

Genre: Blues

Title: Between

Artist: Jimmy Witherspoon

Genre: Hip Hop/R&B

Title: Blue Spoon

Artist: Jimmy Witherspoon

Genre: Blues

Title: Keep In Sight

Artist: Jimmy Witherspoon

Genre: Jazz

Title: The Best Hits

Artist: Jimmy Witherspoon

Genre: Blues

Title: Spoon's Blues

Artist: Jimmy Witherspoon

Genre: Blues, Jazz

Title: Dinner

Artist: Jimmy Witherspoon

Genre: Blues

Collections

Title: Only Blues Music

Genre: Blues

Title: Blues Deluxe

Genre: Blues

Title: Monsters of Blues

Genre: Blues

Title: 100 Electric Blues

Genre: Blues

Title: Voodoo Blues

Genre: Blues

Title: Blues Music

Genre: Blues

Title: Blues Hall of Fame

Genre: Blues

Title: The Blues 1

Genre: Blues

Title: Jazz Got the Blues

Genre: Jazz

Title: Most Wanted Blues

Genre: Blues

Title: Hammond Heroes

Genre: Jazz

Title: Jazz Martini Lounge

Genre: Jazz

Title: Boom Boom Blues

Genre: Blues

Featuring albums

Title: Chess Blues

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Blues

Title: The Chess Box

Artist: Willie Dixon

Genre: Blues

Title: Texas Blues

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Blues

Title: 200 Blues

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Blues

Title: Night Jazz

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Jazz

Title: Jazzy Blues

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Blues

Title: Coolest Blues

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Blues

Title: Blues Traveler

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Blues

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