Personalities | Jimmy Rushing | Thirties | Jazz & Blues

(Vocals, 1899–1972)

James Andrew Rushing was born in Oklahoma City into a musical family. He worked in California in the mid-1920s as a pianist and vocalist, joined Walter Page’s Blue Devils in Oklahoma City in 1927 and made his recording debut with the band in 1929. He played with the Bennie Moten Band in Kansas City from 1929, before joining the first Count Basie Band in 1935. He stayed with Basie until 1950 and recorded more than 50 songs, including his signature song ‘Mister Five By Five’.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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