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Jimmy Witherspoon

One of the great blues singers of the post-World War II period, Jimmy Witherspoon was also versatile enough to fit comfortably into the jazz world. Witherspoon was born on August 8, 1920, in Gurdon, AR. As a child, he sang in a church choir, and made his debut recordings with Jay McShann for Philo and Mercury in 1945 and 1946. His own first recordings, using McShann's band, resulted in a number one R&B hit in 1949 with "Ain't Nobody's Business, Pts. 1 & 2" on Supreme Records. Live performances of "No Rollin' Blues" and "Big Fine Girl" provided 'Spoon with two more hits in 1950.

The mid-'50s were a lean time, with his style of shouting blues temporarily out of fashion; singles were tried for Federal, Chess, Atco, Vee Jay, and others, with little success. Jimmy Witherspoon at the Monterey Jazz Festival (HiFi Jazz) from 1959 lifted him back into the limelight. Partnerships with Ben Webster or Groove Holmes were recorded, and he toured Europe in 1961 with Buck Clayton, performing overseas many more times in the decades to follow; some memorable music resulted, but Witherspoon's best 1960s album is Evening Blues (Prestige), which features T-Bone Walker on guitar and Clifford Scott on saxophone. As the '70s began, Witherspoon decided to take a short break from live performances, settled in Los Angeles, took a job as a disc jockey, and continued making records. In 1971 Witherspoon teamed up with former Animals vocalist Eric Burdon for the album Guilty. Unfortunately it sold poorly. By 1973 his short retirement from live performances was over. Witherspoon was ready to get back on the road and assembled an amazing band featuring a young Robben Ford on lead guitar. Those live shows had received positive reviews, rejuvenating Witherspoon's move toward a definite rock/soul sound. He traveled to London in 1974 to record Love Is a Five Letter Word with British blues producer Mike Vernon. Vernon had produced critically acclaimed British blues albums by John Mayall, Fleetwood Mac, and Ten Years After. By the early '80s, Witherspoon was diagnosed with throat cancer. Although he remained active and was a popular concert attraction, the effect of the disease on his vocals was obvious. Witherspoon passed away on September 18, 1997, at the age of 77. ~ Bob Porter, Scott Yanow & Al Campbell
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Blues Biography

1. Big Fine Girl

2. Bar Fly Blues

6. Who's Been Jivin' You

7. Six-Foot-Two Blues

8. Gone With The Blues

9. Spoon Calls Hootie

11. Hey Mr. Landlord

14. Skid Row Blues

15. Jump Children

17. Please Stop Playing Those Blues

18. Ain't Nobody's Business (Part 1)

19. Money's Getting Cheaper

21. Wee Baby Blues

23. Confessin' The Blues

25. Ain't Nobody's Business (Part 2)

26. No Rollin' Blues

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Track List: Live At The 1972 Monterey Jazz Festival

1. I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town (Live)

2. S.K. Blues (Live)

3. Kansas City (Live)

4. Goin' Down Slow (Live)

5. Walkin' By Myself (Live)

6. Ain't Nobody's Business What I Do (Live)

7. I Want A Little Girl (Live)

8. I Don't Know (Live)

9. Early One Morning (Live)

10. Reds And Whiskey [Incomplete] (Live)

11. When I Been Drinkin' (Live)

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Track List: Urban Blues Singing Legend

Disc 1

1. Confessing The Blues

7. I Want A Little Girl

9. Gone With The Blues

10. Wandering Gal Blues

11. Hey Mr Landlord

13. Cain River Blues

14. How I Hate To See Xmas Come Around

16. Money's Getting Cheaper

18. Skid Row Blues

19. How Long

Disc 2

1. Wee Baby Blues

2. Six-Foot-Two Blues

4. Money Eyes Woman

5. Spoon Calls Hootie

6. Destruction Blues

7. Call My Baby

14. Lush Head Woman

15. Long About Dawn

17. Thelma Lee Blues

20. Sweet Lovin' Baby

21. Geneva Blues

25. Jump Children

Disc 3

1. Who's Been Jivin' You

2. Rain, Rain, Rain

4. Doctor Blues

5. Big Fine Girl

6. No Rollin' Blues

12. Failing By Degrees

13. New Orleans Woman

17. Love And Friendship

18. Once There Lived A Fool

25. Ain't Nobody's Business

Disc 4

3. Love My Baby

4. Baby Baby

5. Slow Your Speed

6. Foolish Prayer

7. Lucille

8. Blues In Trouble

9. Two Little Girls

10. One Fine Gal

12. Corn Whiskey

14. Jay's Blues Part 1

16. Miss, Miss Mistreater

17. Back Home

18. The Last Mile

19. It

20. Back Door Blues

22. 24 Sad Hours

23. Just For You

24. Sad Life

25. Move Me Baby

27. Highway To Happiness

28. I Done Told You

29. Oh Boy

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Track List: The Chronological 1948-1949

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Track List: The Chronological 1947-1948

1. Wandering Gal Blues

3. Cain River Blues

4. How I Hate To See Xmas Come Around (Christmas Blues)

7. Skidrow Blues

8. How Long

9. Ain't Nobody's Business Pt 1

13. In The Evening When The Sun Goes Down

15. Six-Foot-Two Blues

17. Money Eyes Woman

18. Spoon Calls Hootie

19. Destruction Blues

20. Call My Baby

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Track List: Jimmy Witherspoon With The Junoir Mance Trio

1. Intro

2. Lowdown Dirty Blues

3. Cal It Stormy Monday

4. Kansas City

5. Trouble In Mind

6. Times Getting' Tougher Than Tough

7. Ain't Nobody's Business

8. I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town

9. Going Down Slow

10. Roll Em' Pete

11. No Rollin' Blues

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Track List: Spoon's Blues

1. Playful Baby

2. Spoon's Life Blues

3. Lotus Blossom

4. Christmas Blues

6. Sad Life

7. I'll Always Be In Love With You

8. Sweet Slumber

9. Past Forty Blues

10. Lowdown Dirty Shame

11. Lonely Boy Blues

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Jimmie Witherspoon was the greatest jump jazz blues singer of all time !

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