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Blues Master Jimmy Witherspoon was born August 8, 1920, Gurdon, Ark. and passed away on September 18, 1997, in Los Angeles, Ca. His father, a railroad man, sang in local choirs, while his mother played piano. Spoon didn't pursue music professionally until after his WWII stint in the Merchant Marines. On his return to the states in 1944, he replaced the great Walter Brown in Jay ... Read more in Amazon's Jimmy Witherspoon Store

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  • Audio CD (January 26, 2011)
  • Label: JSP
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

1. Who's Been Jivin' You
2. Rain, Rain, Rain
3. When I Had Money
4. Doctor Blues
5. Big Fine Girl
6. No Rollin' Blues
7. Drinkin' Beer (Have A Ball)
8. Better Love Next Time Part 1
9. Better Love Next Time Part 2
10. Don't Ever Move A Woman Into Your House
11. Hard Workin' Blues
12. Failing By Degrees
13. New Orleans Woman
14. I'm Goin' Around In Circles
15. Just A Country Boy
16. There Ain't Nothin' Better
17. Love And Friendship
18. Once There Lived A Fool
19. I'm Just Wonderin' Part 1
20. I'm Just Wonderin' Part 2
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AvidOldiesCollector TOP 100 REVIEWER on June 2, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Jimmy Witherspoon, born in Gurdon, Arkansas on August 8, 1923, was a "blues-shouter" deluxe who got his start entertaining troops over the U. S. Armed Forces Radio Service in World War II while singing with the Teddy Weatherford band, which operated at that time from Calcutta, India. From there he performed with the Lou Spreignier and Jay McShann orchestras as well as Roy Milton & His Solid Senders before turning solo.

In this fantastic, reasonably-priced 4-CD 108-sides box set from the U.K.-based JSP Records you get most of his Philo and Mercury cuts as vocalist with McShann, all those released by Supreme Records, and most of his Modern releases mixed with some alternate takes (although the released side is always present). These are augmented by excellent sound reproduction, a fully-annotated discography, and informative liner notes written by the noted author and music historian Neil Slaven (Blues Records, 1943-1970: A Selective Discography among others).

Although Jimmy recorded profusely, national hit singles were scarce, something far less to do with his obvious talent and more with the fact neither Supreme nor Modern had the funds available to the giants of the day to promote their records. But with one exception, five of his six hits are here, led by 1949's Ain't Nobody's Business (Parts 1 & 2) which, backed as a solo artist this time by the McShann orchestra, he took to # 1 that spring on what then passed as the R&B listings, spending a total of 34 weeks on the charts (Supreme 1506). Then with the Buddy Tate orchestra backing, in October 1949 he had In The Evening make it to # 5 R&B on Supreme 1533 b/w Six Foot-Two Blues.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joan R. Clark on January 18, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I have been a fan of Jimmy Witherspoon for years and it was very hard to find any of his music, thanks to Amazon I have all but the religious one .

I rate this very high. I would compare him to a little like Brook Benton.
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