Jimmy Witherspoon

One of the great post-war blues shouters, Jimmy Witherspoon, or 'Spoon, as he's known throughout the jazz and blues world, straddled the line between blues and jazz, becoming an integral participant in the history of both of these classic genres of American music.

Born August 8, 1923, in Gurdon, Arkansas, the young James Witherspoon sang in church choirs much like his railroad worker father. Confidence came early as he won first prize in a singing competition at the age of five. While in his teens, Witherspoon decided to try his luck pursuing a singing career and ran away to Los Angeles. It was there that he decided to become a blues singer after seeing a performance by Big Joe Turner.

Read more
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles

2 Photos

Albums

Urban Singing Legend
Urban Singing Legend
JSP Records
2006
buy
[no cover]
Rockin' With Spoon
HighNote
1992
buy
[no cover]
Spoon So Easy
HighNote
1990
buy
[no cover]
Rockin' L.A.
HighNote
1989
buy
[no cover]
First Reunion
HighNote
1988
buy
[no cover]
Midnight Lady Called...
HighNote
1986
buy

Similar Artists

Charlie Parker Charlie Parker
sax, alto
Dizzy Gillespie Dizzy Gillespie
trumpet
Howlin' Wolf Howlin' Wolf
vocalist
Memphis Slim Memphis Slim
piano
Joe Williams Joe Williams
vocalist
T-Bone Walker T-Bone Walker
guitar, electric
Jimmy Rushing Jimmy Rushing
vocalist
Big Joe Turner Big Joe Turner
vocalist

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google banner ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Fund All About Jazz's Future