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Jimmy Witherspoon: Urban Blues Singing Legend (4-CD)

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Article properties: Jimmy Witherspoon: Urban Blues Singing Legend (4-CD)

  • Interpret: Jimmy Witherspoon

  • Album titlle: Urban Blues Singing Legend (4-CD)

  • Genre R&B, Soul

  • Year of publication 2003
  • Label JSP Records

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0788065777821

  • weight in Kg 0.4
Witherspoon, Jimmy - Urban Blues Singing Legend (4-CD) CD 1
01 Confessing The Blues Jimmy Witherspoon
02 Hard-Working Man's Blues Jimmy Witherspoon
03 Shipyard Woman Blues Jimmy Witherspoon
04 Ernestine Jimmy Witherspoon
05 Roll On, Katy Jimmy Witherspoon
06 Voodoo Woman Blues Jimmy Witherspoon
07 I Want A Little Girl Jimmy Witherspoon
08 Have You Ever Loved A Woman Jimmy Witherspoon
09 Gone With The Blues Jimmy Witherspoon
10 Wandering Gal Blues Jimmy Witherspoon
11 Hey Mr Landlord Jimmy Witherspoon
12 Hey Mr Landlord (alt.) Jimmy Witherspoon
13 Cain River Blues Jimmy Witherspoon
14 How I Hate To See Xmas Come Around Jimmy Witherspoon
15 Third Floor Blues Jimmy Witherspoon
16 Money's Getting Cheaper Jimmy Witherspoon
17 Times Gettin' Tougher Than Tough (alt.) Jimmy Witherspoon
18 Skid Row Blues Jimmy Witherspoon
19 How Long Jimmy Witherspoon
20 Ain't Nobody's Business (part 1) Jimmy Witherspoon
21 Ain't Nobody's Business (part 2) Jimmy Witherspoon
22 Back Water Blues Jimmy Witherspoon
23 Frogimore Blues Jimmy Witherspoon
24 Frogimore Blues (alt.) Jimmy Witherspoon
25 In The Evening When The Sun Goes Down Jimmy Witherspoon
26 In The Evening (alt.) Jimmy Witherspoon
Witherspoon, Jimmy - Urban Blues Singing Legend (4-CD) CD 2
01 Wee Baby Blues Jimmy Witherspoon
02 Six-Foot-Two Blues Jimmy Witherspoon
03 How You Gonna Act Jimmy Witherspoon
04 Money Eyes Woman Jimmy Witherspoon
05 Spoon Calls Hootie Jimmy Witherspoon
06 Destruction Blues Jimmy Witherspoon
07 Call My Baby Jimmy Witherspoon
08 The New Look Jimmy Witherspoon
09 Big Heart Jimmy Witherspoon
10 Drunk Broke And Hungry Jimmy Witherspoon
11 Big Eyes Blues Jimmy Witherspoon
12 Funny Style Baby Jimmy Witherspoon
13 Cold Blooded Boogie Jimmy Witherspoon
14 Lush Head Woman Jimmy Witherspoon
15 Long About Dawn Jimmy Witherspoon
16 Miss Clawdy B Jimmy Witherspoon
17 Thelma Lee Blues Jimmy Witherspoon
18 Pinocchio Blues Jimmy Witherspoon
19 Your Red Wagon Jimmy Witherspoon
20 Sweet Lovin' Baby Jimmy Witherspoon
21 Geneva Blues Jimmy Witherspoon
22 Feelin' So Sad Jimmy Witherspoon
23 Same Old Blues Jimmy Witherspoon
24 I Love You Just The Same Jimmy Witherspoon
25 Jump Children Jimmy Witherspoon
26 Take Me Back Baby Jimmy Witherspoon
Witherspoon, Jimmy - Urban Blues Singing Legend (4-CD) CD 3
01 Who's Been Jivin' You Jimmy Witherspoon
02 Rain, Rain, Rain Jimmy Witherspoon
03 When I Had My Money Jimmy Witherspoon
04 Doctor Blues Jimmy Witherspoon
05 Big Fine Girl Jimmy Witherspoon
06 No Rollin' Blues Jimmy Witherspoon
07 Drinkin' Beer (Have A Ball) Jimmy Witherspoon
08 Better Love Next Time (part 1) Jimmy Witherspoon
09 Better Love Next Time (part 2) Jimmy Witherspoon
10 Don't Ever Move A Woman Into Your House Jimmy Witherspoon
11 Hard Workin' Blues Jimmy Witherspoon
12 Failing By Degrees Jimmy Witherspoon
13 New Orleans Woman Jimmy Witherspoon
14 I'm Goin' Around In Circles Jimmy Witherspoon
15 Just A Country Boy Jimmy Witherspoon
16 There Ain't Nothin' Better Jimmy Witherspoon
17 Love And Friendship Jimmy Witherspoon
18 Once There Lived A Fool Jimmy Witherspoon
19 I'm Just Wonderin' (part 1) Jimmy Witherspoon
20 I'm Just Wonderin' (part 2) Jimmy Witherspoon
21 I'm Just A Ladies Man Jimmy Witherspoon
22 You Can't Kiss A Dream Goodnight Jimmy Witherspoon
23 Pratice What You Preach Jimmy Witherspoon
24 I Gotta Gal Lives Up On The Hill Jimmy Witherspoon
25 Ain't Nobody's Business Jimmy Witherspoon
26 Real Ugly Woman Jimmy Witherspoon
27 Give My Heart Another Break Jimmy Witherspoon
Witherspoon, Jimmy - Urban Blues Singing Legend (4-CD) CD 4
01 Would My Baby Make A Change Jimmy Witherspoon
02 The Wind Is Blowin' Jimmy Witherspoon
03 Love My Baby Jimmy Witherspoon
04 Baby Baby Jimmy Witherspoon
05 Slow Your Speed Jimmy Witherspoon
06 Foolish Prayer Jimmy Witherspoon
07 Lucille Jimmy Witherspoon
08 Blues In Trouble Jimmy Witherspoon
09 Two Little Girls Jimmy Witherspoon
10 One Fine Gal Jimmy Witherspoon
11 Don't Tell Me Now Jimmy Witherspoon
12 Corn Whiskey Jimmy Witherspoon
13 The Day Is Dawning Jimmy Witherspoon
14 Jay's Blues (part 1) Jimmy Witherspoon
15 Jay's Blues (part 2) Jimmy Witherspoon
16 Miss, Miss Mistreater Jimmy Witherspoon
17 Back Home Jimmy Witherspoon
18 The Last Mile Jimmy Witherspoon
19 It Jimmy Witherspoon
20 Back Door Blues Jimmy Witherspoon
21 Fast Woman, Slow Gin Jimmy Witherspoon
22 24 Sad Hours Jimmy Witherspoon
23 Just For You Jimmy Witherspoon
24 Sad Life Jimmy Witherspoon
25 Move Me Baby Jimmy Witherspoon
26 I'm Not Too Young Jimmy Witherspoon
27 Highway To Happiness Jimmy Witherspoon
28 I Done Told You Jimmy Witherspoon
29 Oh Boy Jimmy Witherspoon
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Jimmy Witherspoon

Although he hailed from the Kansas City blues shouting tradition led by Big Joe Turner and Jimmy Rushing, Jimmy Witherspoon made the great majority of his early solo sides out in Los Angeles, where there were more than enough R&B indie labels to keep him busy in the studio virtually non-stop. Chief among them was Modern Records, which cut him extensively during the postwar years. But they were by no means the only label to welcome 'Spoon to their rosters.

"Boy, I think I ran out of companies, I was on so many," the late singer said. "They didn't give you that much money anyway. If you didn't have a hit record, they didn't need you no more."  Witherspoon was born August 8, 1923 in Gurdon, Arkansas. "I've been singing all my life, in church, since I was about five years old," he said. "I always did want to sing." He got his big chance in 1943 in Calcutta, India, of all places. "I was in the Merchant Marines in World War II, and I was singing there with Teddy Weatherford's band," he said. "In '44, I came back to Vallejo, California, where my mother was living, and I joined Jay McShann then. That was my first job, really. I stayed with Jay for about four years."

 Spoon replaced Walter Brown in pianist McShann's mighty orchestra (its alumni included Charlie Parker). He fronted the band on sides for Philo/Aladdin, Premier, and Mercury before making his own debut 78s for the L.A.-based Supreme logo in late 1947.  That's the label he waxed his eternal calling card for: the two-part Ain't Nobody's Business, recast dramatically from Billie Holiday's downtrodden version, copyrighted as T'aint Nobody's Bizness If I Do in 1922, and first recorded by Anna Meyers and the Original Memphis Five. "Somebody came up with it—Al Patrick, who owned Supreme Records,"  he said. "Then I changed the lyrics. It's not the same as 'T'ain't Nobody's Business.' It's a takeoff steal from it, but it's not the same lyric." McShann was there to roll the 88s. "That was in Los Angeles, and he came out there to play, and I asked him to do it with me, which he did. The changes and everything, that was his." The two-sider sat on theR&B charts an unbelievable 34 weeks in 1949, including one at number one.

Witherspoon jumped to Modern in 1948 and made a motherlode of swinging R&B and mellow blues, displaying his way-behind-the-beat phrasing on the latter. Who's Been Jivin' You falls into the former camp, driving like mad over guitarist Chuck Norris' relentless chord work (Maxwell Davis and Vido Musso were the saxists, with Henry McDade on piano, Ralph Hamilton on bass, and Jesse Sailes on drums). Spoon shared writer's credit with Modern co-owner Joe Bihari (as Joe Josea).

From Modern, Jimmy migrated to Federal, Checker, Atlantic, RCA Victor, World Pacific, and Vee-Jay before an acclaimed appearance at the 1959 Monterey Jazz festival introduced him to a new demographic. He remained highly active, even triumphantly coming back from a 1981 bout with throat cancer, until the disease came back to permanently silence him on September 18, 1997.

 

Bill Dahl
Chicago, Illinois

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