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Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Born: August 26, 1903 | Died: June 8, 1972

“Mr. Five by Five”

Jimmy Rushing established a style of singing that epitomized swing: he created a wonderful tension between band and vocalist by singing ahead of or behind the beat and toyed with the rhythm. He was a blues singer and a jazz singer, and his ability to work within both styles had an incalculable influence on succeeding generations of popular music vocalists.

Jimmy Rushing was born on August 26, 1902 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. His father, Andrew Rushing, and his mother, Cora Freeman, were both musicians,and they were a big influence on him. The first instrument he learned was the violin. While at Douglass High School, he studied music theory. Through the encouragement of his uncle Wesley Manning (who played and sang at a local sporting house), Jimmy took up playing piano. He also sang in school and church choirs, and spent his summers traveling throughout the Midwest. After high school, he went to Wilberforce University in Ohio, realized it wasn’t for him, dropped out after a couple of years and moved to Los Angeles....
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Featured recording “Everyday I Have the Blues”

Everyday I Have the Blues

Impulse!
1999
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    Every Day I Have The Blues

    HighNote
    1999
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    Rushing Lullabies

    HighNote
    1997
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    The Band Singer

    HighNote
    1992
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    The Smith Girls, Bessie - Clara - Mamie & Trixie (The Songs They Made...

    HighNote
    1987
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    The You And Me That Used To Be

    HighNote
    1987
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    The Bluesway Sessions

    HighNote
    1986
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    Little Jimmy Rushing And The Big Brass

    HighNote
    1985
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