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Jimmy Rushing's Hot Spot Logo

Color photo of Jimmy on
 the cover of 'Rushing Lullabies'
Anybody ask you, baby, who was it sang this song,

Anybody ask you, baby, who was it sang this song,

Tell him little Jimmy Rushing, he's been here and gone.



It's 3 AM, the crowd has gone and the joint is dark. Behind the bar, Big Jake just poured two shots... one for me and one for him... and Jimmy Rushing is on the jukebox.

Jimmy Rushing - the greatest big-band blues singer of them all.

Songs, such as "Mr. Five-by-Five" (one of his nick-names), were written about him... "he's 5 feet tall and he's 5 feet wide..." Among the many songs he wrote and co-wrote are standards like "Sometimes I Think I Do", "Boogie Woogie (I may be wrong)", "Goin' To Chicago", and "Good Morning Blues".

Jimmy was the grand-daddy of all big-band blues singers, fronting many bands, especially the Count Basie band from the '30s through the mid-'50s, when he was followed by Joe Williams, and yet there exists not one biography about this singer/song-writer who started it all.

So pull up a stool, let Jake pour you one, and meet Jimmy Rushing.

Many thanks to Mr. Stanley Dance for his assistance and kind words of encouragement.

And Big Jake Ciprotti, this one's for you and Jimmy.


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