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Encyclopedia > Jimmy Witherspoon
Jimmy Witherspoon
Background information
Also known as Spoon
Born August 8, 1920
Origin Gurdon, Arkansas
Died September 18, 1997
Genre(s) blues
Instrument(s) vocals
Years active 1940's - 1990's
Label(s) Various
Website http://www.jimmywitherspoon.com

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James Witherspoon was born in Gurdon, Arkansas. He first attracted attention singing with Teddy Weatherford's band in Calcutta, India, which made regular radio broadcasts over the U. S. Armed Forces Radio Service during World War II. Witherspoon made his first records with Jay McShann's band in 1945. In 1949, recording under his own name with the McShann band, he had his first hit, "Ain't Nobody's Business", a song which came to be regarded as his signature tune. In 1950 he had hits with two more songs closely identified with him: "No Rollin' Blues" and "Big Fine Girl". Another classic Witherspoon composition is "Times Gettin' Tougher Than Tough". Gurdon is a city in Clark County, Arkansas, United States. ... Teddy Weatherford (11 October 1903 - 25 April 1945) was a jazz pianist. ... This article is on Calcutta/Kolkata, the city. ... American Forces Network, or AFN - the acronym that its most commonly known as, is the brand name used by the United States Armed Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS) for its networks worldwide. ... Combatants Major Allied powers: United Kingdom Soviet Union United States Republic of China and others Major Axis powers: Nazi Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Harry Truman Chiang Kai-Shek Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tojo Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead... The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour (1967) as a 33 â…“ LP vinyl record A gramophone record (also phonograph record, or simply record) is an analogue sound recording medium consisting of a flat disc with an inscribed modulated spiral groove starting near the periphery and ending near the centre of the disc. ... James Columbus (Jay or Hootie) McShann (born in 1909 or January 12, 1916) is an American blues and Swing pianist, bandleader, and singer. ... 1945 (MCMVL) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1945 calendar). ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ...


Witherspoon's style of blues - that of the "blues shouter" - became unfashionable in the mid-1950s, but he returned to popularity with his 1959 album, Jimmy Witherspoon at the Monterey Jazz Festival, which featured Roy Eldridge, Woody Herman, Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Earl Hines and Mel Lewis, among others. He later recorded with Gerry Mulligan, Leroy Vinnegar, Richard "Groove" Holmes and T-Bone Walker. A blues shouter is a blues singer, often male, capable of singing with a band. ... The 1950s was the decade spanning from the 1st of January, 1950 to the 31st December, 1959. ... 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Roy David Eldridge (January 30, 1911 – February 6, 1989) was a jazz trumpet player in the Swing era. ... Woodrow Charles Herman (May 16, 1913–October 29, 1987), better known as Woody Herman, was an American jazz clarinetist, alto and soprano saxophonist, singer, and Big band leader. ... Benjamin Francis Webster (March 27, 1909–September 20, 1973) was an influential American jazz tenor saxophonist. ... Coleman Hawkins Coleman Randolph Hawkins, nicknamed Hawk and sometimes Bean, (November 21, 1901 or 1904 - May 19, 1969) was a prominent jazz tenor saxophone musician. ... Earl Kenneth Hines, better known as Earl Hines or Fatha Hines (28 December 1903 near Pittsburgh – 22 April 1983 in Oakland, California) was a prominent jazz pianist. ... Mel Lewis (May 10, 1929 - February 2, 1990) was a drummer, Jazz musician and band leader. ... Gerald Joseph Gerry Mulligan (April 6, 1927 – January 20, 1996) was an American jazz musician, composer and arranger best known for his baritone saxophone playing. ... Richard Arnold (Groove) Holmes (1931 – 1991) was an American jazz organist who performed in the soul jazz genre. ... This article or section is missing references or citation of sources. ...


In 1961 he toured Europe with Buck Clayton and returned to the UK on many occasions, featuring on a mid-sixties live UK recording Spoon Sings and Swings (1966) with tenor sax player Dick Morrissey's quartet. In 1970, he appeared on Brother Jack McDuff's London Blue Note recording To Seek a New Home together with British jazz musicians, including Terry Smith and Dick Morrissey. In the 1970s he toured with a highly regarded band of his own featuring Robben Ford and Russ Ferrante. A recording from this period, "Spoonful", features "Spoon" accompanied by Robben Ford, Joe Sample, Cornell Dupree, Thad Jones and Bernard Purdie. He continued performing and recording into the 1980s. Please wikify (format) this article or section as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... Brother Jack McDuff (17 September 1926 - 23 January 2001) was a jazz organist and bandleader prominent during the soul jazz era of the 1960s. ... In jazz and blues notes added to the major scale for expressive quality, loosely defined by musicians to be an alteration to a scale or chord that makes it sound like the blues. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... Please wikify (format) this article or section as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... Robben Ford (born December 16, 1951) is a blues, jazz and rock guitarist. ... Robben Ford (born December 16, 1951) is a blues, jazz and rock guitarist. ... Joseph Leslie Joe Sample is an American pianist, keyboard player and composer. ... Cornell Dupree loves the penis. ... Thad Jones Thaddeus Joseph Jones (March 28, 1923 - August 21, 1986) was an American jazz trumpeter. ... Bernard Pretty Purdie (born June 11, 1939) is a session drummer from Maryland, United States, who claims to be the most recorded drummer in history, working on over 3000 albums. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ...


Jimmy Witherspoon died in Los Angeles, California on September 18, 1997.


Accolades

Billboard Magazine: Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ...

  • "You're Next" - 1965 Pop Singles #98
  • "Love Is A Five Letter Word" - 1975 Black Singles #31
  • Love Is A Five Letter Word - 1975 Black Albums #26
  • Love Is A Five Letter Word - 1975 Pop Albums #176
  • Spoonful - 1976 Black Albums #57

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Jimmy Witherspoon (1385 words)
Blues Legend Jimmy Witherspoon died in his sleep of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles on September 18.
This searing, emotional performance was captured on the subsequent album, "Jimmy Witherspoon At Monterey", and vaulted him into the jazz world's leading ranks of blues singers.
Jimmy Witherspoon is survived by three children; Angela Witherspoon-Ballard, Regina Witherspoon-Welch, and James "Lucky" Witherspoon, Jr., Four grandchildren; Marcus Ballard, Michael Welch, Alexis Witherspoon, and Ahkello Witherspoon.
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