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Every Day I Have the Blues

Jimmy Rushing

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Album Review

Verve's 1999 reissue Everyday I Have the Blues/Livin' the Blues combines two of Jimmy Rushing's finest albums from the late '60s onto one compact disc. Rushing may have been in the twilight of his career, but he was still capable of turning out lively performances, as evidenced by these sessions. This may not be the first Rushing album to get, but it certainly is an enjoyable two-fer.

Biography

Born: 27 August 1901 in Oklahoma City, OK

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s

He was known as "Mister Five-By-Five" — an affectionate reference to his height and girth — a blues shouter who defined and then transcended the form. The owner of a booming voice that radiated sheer joy in whatever material he sang, Jimmy Rushing could swing with anyone and dominate even the loudest of big bands. Rushing achieved his greatest fame in front of the Count Basie band from 1935 to 1950, yet unlike many band singers closely associated with...
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