Faith In Time: The Life Of Jimmy Scott

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Da Capo Press, Jul 21, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 216 pages
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Born in Cleveland in 1925, "Little" Jimmy Scott lost his mother at age thirteen, the same year he was diagnosed with Kallman's syndrome. The disease stunted his growth and earned him his nickname, but it also left him with a haunting voice, a mesmerizing voice. He soon built a following as a singer touring with Lionel Hampton's great orchestra in the '40s, then performed with many of the stars of the '50s, from Lester Young to Charlie Parker to Dinah Washington, and was signed by Savoy Records. He thought he had his big break when, in 1962, Ray Charles produced what was by all accounts Jimmy's best work, Falling in Love Is Wonderful. But when it was forced off the shelves by contract disputes, Scott worked as an orderly and clerk in Cleveland for almost two decades. Fans thought he was dead-until songwriter Doc Pomus's funeral in March of 1991.As Pomus had instructed in his will, Jimmy sang over his friend's coffin. High-pitched and androgynous, his voice seemed to come out of thin air, transcending gender and age, evoking pure heartbreak. No one knew who he was-heads turned, celebrities conferred, record executives were reduced to tears-until finally Lou Reed turned around and whispered, "He's Jimmy Scott, the greatest jazz singer in the world." And so he was. By the next morning, he had a record deal with Sire that relaunched his career with the masterpiece All the Way, and he has been performing to packed clubs ever since. With full cooperation from Jimmy, his siblings, spouses, and colleagues from Ray Charles to Ruth Brown, Faith in Time is at once an intimate biography, an invaluable history of a life that spanned big band to bebop to pop, and the poignant story of a man whose voice will live forever.
 

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With the release of the album All the Way in 1992, Jimmy Scott, then 66, finally got his due and was recognized as a master interpreter of vocal jazz. Ritz, who has written acclaimed biographies of ... Read full review

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Excellent biography of an incredible jazz singer from Cleveland. He has a high pitched androgynous voice due to a rare genetic deficiency called Kallman's Syndrome. He achieved great critical acclaim ... Read full review

Contents

Born Behind the Beat
2
Darkness
16
Future Outlook
28
Angel
38
Gates
48
Fool
62
The Jazz Life
70
Jersey
82
The Harder They Fall
162
Cant We Begin Again?
170
Im Afraid Jimmy Scott Is Dead
178
Ive Shed Enough Tears
186
Js Way
196
Hand from the Grave
204
Sound of Pain
216
The Jazz Life Redux
224

The Slave Barracks
90
Wyandanch Long Island
102
Motherless Child
108
Brother Ray
118
When the Sun Comes Out
138
Things Not Seen
146
The Source
154
Jeanie
232
Acknowledgments
242
Bibliography
244
Discography
252
Index
258
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About the author (2009)

David Ritz is the author of Faith in Time: The Life of Jimmy Scott, Divided Soul: The Life of Marvin Gaye, and many other books with or about Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, and B.B. King. He is a three-time winner of the Ralph J. Gleason Music Book Award. He lives in Los Angeles.

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