Personalities | Jimmy Witherspoon | Forties | Jazz & Blues

(Vocals, 1922–97)

Jimmy John Witherspoon was born in Gurdon, Arkansas. He joined the Jay McShann group in California in 1945. He recorded his own records in late 1947 and among them was ‘Ain’t Nobody’s Business Parts 1 & 2’, a huge Race Records hit. Witherspoon toured with his own group until 1952 and had another big hit with ‘No Rollin’ Blues’/‘Big Fine Girl’. As a blues shouter, Witherspoon was influenced by Big Joe Turner; later in his life he developed a smoother, jazz-related ballad style.

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


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