Jimmy Rushing

Born 26 August 1901. Died 8 June 1972
Jimmy Rushing
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1901-08-26
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Jimmy Rushing

Jimmy Rushing Biography (Wikipedia)

James Andrew Rushing (August 26, 1901 – June 8, 1972) was an American blues shouter, balladeer, swing jazz singer, and pianist from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, best known as the featured vocalist of Count Basie's Orchestra from 1935 to 1948.

Rushing was known as "Mr. Five by Five" and was the subject of an eponymous 1942 popular song that was a hit for Harry James and others; the lyrics describe Rushing's rotund build: "he's five feet tall and he's five feet wide". He joined Walter Page's Blue Devils in 1927 and then joined Bennie Moten's band in 1929. He stayed with the successor Count Basie band when Moten died in 1935.

Rushing said that his first time singing in front of an audience was in 1924. He was playing piano at a club when the featured singer, Carlyn Williams, invited him to do a vocal. "I got out there and broke it up. I was a singer from then on," he said.

Rushing was a powerful singer who had a range from baritone to tenor. He could project his voice so that it soared over the horn and reed sections in a big-band setting. Basie claimed that Rushing "never had an equal" as a blues vocalist, though Rushing "really thought of himself as a ballad singer." George Frazier, the author of Harvard Blues, called Rushing's distinctive voice "a magnificent gargle". Dave Brubeck defined Rushing's status among blues singers as "the daddy of them all." Late in his life Rushing said of his singing style, "I don't know what kind of blues singer you'd call me. I just sing 'em." Among his best-known recordings are "Going to Chicago", with Basie, and "Harvard Blues", with a famous saxophone solo by Don Byas.

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'Tain’t Nobody’s Business
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'Tain’t Nobody’s Business
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Sent For You Yesterday
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Sent For You Yesterday
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New Orleans
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New Orleans
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Somebody Stole My Gal
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Somebody Stole My Gal
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Good Rockin' Tonight
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Good Rockin' Tonight
Jimmy Rushing with Humphrey Lyttelton, Jimmy Rushing & Humphrey Lyttelton and His Band
How Long
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How Long

How Long

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Jimmy Rushing with Humphrey Lyttelton
Humphrey Lyttelton and His Band
Count Basie
Goin' To Chicago Blues
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Goin' To Chicago Blues
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One Evening
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One Evening
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‘Deed I Do
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‘Deed I Do
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Rosalie
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Rosalie
Count Basie, CARL SMITH, Lester Young, Count Basie, Jimmy Rushing & Jo Jones
Boogie Woogie
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Boogie Woogie

Boogie Woogie

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Count Basie
CARL SMITH
Lester Young
Count Basie
Jo Jones
Jimmy Rushing
River Stay Away From My Door
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River Stay Away From My Door
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I'm Coming Virginia
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I'm Coming Virginia
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Every Day I Have The Blues
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Every Day I Have The Blues
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Sunny Side Of The Street
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Sunny Side Of The Street
Count Basie
Do You Wanna Jump, Children?
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Do You Wanna Jump, Children?
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Baby Don't Tell On Me
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Baby Don't Tell On Me
Tony Parenti, Walter Page, Jimmy Rushing, Zutty Singleton, Cliff Jackson, Buck Clayton & Vic Dickenson
New Orleans
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New Orleans

New Orleans

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Tony Parenti, Walter Page, Jimmy Rushing, Zutty Singleton, Cliff Jackson, Buck Clayton & Vic Dickenson
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Evenin'
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Evenin'
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You Can Depend on Me
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You Can Depend on Me
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Harvard Blues
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Harvard Blues
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Boogie Woogie
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Boogie Woogie
Count Basie & Jimmy Rushing
Sent For You Yesterday And Here You Come Today
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Sent For You Yesterday And Here You Come Today

Sent For You Yesterday And Here You Come Today

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Jimmy's Blues
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Jimmy's Blues
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Mr 5 By 5
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Mr 5 By 5
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I Surrender Dear
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I Surrender Dear
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Home
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Home
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Blues in the Dark
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Blues in the Dark
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Some of These Days
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Some of These Days
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Someday Sweetheart
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Someday Sweetheart
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Mr. Five by Five
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Mr. Five by Five
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I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town
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I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town
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Tricks Ain't Walkin' No More
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Tricks Ain't Walkin' No More
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Good Morning Blues
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Good Morning Blues
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Goin' to Chicago
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Goin' to Chicago
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Boogie-Woogie (I May be Wrong)
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Boogie-Woogie (I May be Wrong)
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Sent for You Yesterday and Here You Come Today
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Sent for You Yesterday and Here You Come Today
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I left My Baby
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I left My Baby
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