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Encyclopedia > Jimmy Rushing

James Andrew (Jimmy) Rushing (August 26, 1901/02/03 - June 8, 1972) was an American blues singer 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 the nickname Mr. Five by Five. His best known recordings are probably those of "Going to Chicago" and "Every Day I Have the Blues" with the Basie orchestra.


In 1972, he died of leukemia in New York City.


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  • Interview (http://www.jimmyrushing.com/interview.html)

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Jimmy Rushing - Music Downloads - Online (295 words)
Rushing achieved his greatest fame in front of the Count Basie band from 1935 to 1950, yet unlike many band singers closely associated with one organization, he was able to carry on afterwards with a series of solo recordings that further enhanced his reputation as a first-class jazz singer.
The unquenchably swinging Basie rhythm section was a perfect match for Rushing, making their earliest showing together on a 1936 recording of "Boogie Woogie" that stamped not only Rushing's presence onto the national scene but also that of Lester Young.
Rushing's recordings with Basie are scattered liberally throughout several reissues on Decca, Columbia and RCA.
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