Jimmy Rushing, singer
Count Basie Orchestra
birth name: James Andrew Rushing

Jimmy Rushing

August 26, 1901, Jacksonville, FL ~ June 8, 1972, New York, NY

A blues shouter who defined and then transcended the form. The owner of a booming voice that radiated sheer joy in whatever material he sang, Jimmy Rushing could swing with anyone and dominate even the loudest of big bands. ~ Allmusic: Jimmy Rushing ~ retrieved July 6, 2013 © Allmusic

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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 describing Rushing's rotund build: “he's five feet tall and he's five feet wide.” 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. 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. ~ Wikipedia: Jimmy Rushing ~ retrieved July 6, 2013 © Wikipedia

Jimmy Rushing ~ Inducted in the 1990 Oklahoma Jazz Hall Of Fame.

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