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Jimmy Witherspoon


JIMMY WITHERSPOON (vocalist) was born on August 8, 1920 in Gurdon, Arkansas and passed away September 18, 1997 in Los Angeles, CA. Spanning the worlds of blues and jazz, Witherspoon was considered one of the last great blues shouters. Achieving success with Jay McShann’s band in the 1940s, and a hit with his version of “Ain’t Nobody’s Business”, Witherspoon worked with everyone from Count Basie to Long John Baldry, performing at festivals, concerts and clubs. Witherspoon had the last of many career resurgences in the 1990s, recording and performing with Van Morrison and guitarist Robben Ford.