Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Jimmy Rushing and the Smith Girls

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Jimmy Rushing and the Smith Girls

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The Jazz Odyssey of James Rushing Esq (1956)

Jimmy Rushing and The Smith Girls (1960)

Lone Hill Jazz LHJ 10319

(New Orleans) New Orleans /Tricks Ain't Walkin' No More /Baby Won't You Please Come Home (Kansas City) Piney Brown Blues / 'Tain't Nobody's Biz-Ness If I Do / I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town 2:45 (Chicago)Careless Love /Doctor Blues / Rosetta (New York) Lullaby Of Broadway / Old Fashioned Love /Some Of These Days: BUCK CLAYTON and his ORCHESTRA with JAMES RUSHING ( November 1956) Arkansas Blues / Downhearted Blues / How Come You Do Me Like You Do? / Crazy Blues / Squeeze Me / Trouble In Mind / Muddy Water /Gulf Coast Blues / Everybody Loves My Baby / Shipwrecked Blues ( July 1960)Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You /Cool Breeze, Woman / Pretty LMe Baby BUCK CLAYTON and his ORCHESTRA with JIMMY RUSHING ( Aug. 1956) Personnel varies - see remarks below

James Andrew Rushing, Jimmy Rushing, Mr. Five By Five, referring to his size, was one of the most important male jazz and blues singers of the Twentieth Century. Born in Oklahoma City, August 1903, he grew up it a musical family; his father played trumpet and his mother and he sung in a church choir. He learned to play the violin, as his father didn't allow him to play the piano - piano music was honky-tonk music associated with the bad, prostitution. When he left the house he locked the piano, but his mother always opened it, so little Jimmy could practice on the sly. He started to perform in clubs playing the piano: "Although I could only play in three keys, I made a living by playing piano, but after a time everything began to sound alike to me, and it was then they told me to sing." He sung in the great bands; Blue Devils, directed by Walter Page, the Benny Moten Orchestra, the Count Basie Band, but in the 1950s he became a freelance artist, performing on great festivals and he made recordings under his own name. …

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