This day (September 18, 1997), in Los Angeles, California, died Jimmy Witherspoon, an American jump blues singer who had his first hit, Ain’t Nobody’s Business in 1949, recording under his own name with the McShann band.
Wikipedia : This day (September 18, 1997), in Los Angeles, California, died Jimmy Witherspoon, an American jump blues singer who had his first hit, Ain’t Nobody’s Business in 1949, recording under his own name with the McShann band.
@allmusic : 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
Cascade Blues : Over the years, as jazz developed into a high and increasingly abstract modern art, it’s become too easy to forget that it all started with the blues. As one of the legends of an American musical tradition, ‘Spoon was a singer who constantly reminded us that, without the blues, jazz simply would not exist.
@last.fm : His long career included performances on jazz stages around the world, from Carnegie Hall to the Newport Jazz Festival, touring Japan with Count Basie, and European tours with Buck Clayton’s All Stars. Witherspoon managed to span the worlds of blues, R&B, and jazz with his deep baritone voice and unique style.
Audio : Ain’t Nobody’s Business . When The Lights Go Out . Trouble in Mind . Kansas City . No Rollin’ Blues . Good Rockin’ Tonight . Roll ’em Pete . Big Fine Girl . When I Been Drinkin’ . See See Rider .
Video : Goin Down Slow / Blues . I’m Gonna Move To The Outskirks Of Town (1989) . Aint Nobody’s Business (1981) . Good Morning Blues . Love Me Right (1965) . It’s a Low-down Dirty Shame .