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11:58

'Fresh Air' Remembers Jazz Singer Jimmy Scott

Scott, who had a rare genetic condition that made him sound like a woman, was popular in '50s but didn't make any records between 1975 and 1992. He spoke with Terry Gross in 1992 about his comeback.

10:58

Singer Jimmy Scott

Singer Jimmy Scott. There's a new biography on Jimmy Scott called Faith in Time by David Ritz. Scott's album, Falling in Love Is Wonderful, has just been reissued. He sang with Lionel Hampton's band in the late 1940s and early 1950s and influenced such singers as Nancy Wilson, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder. Qunicy Jones who played with Hampton's band then said of Scott's singing, "It's a very emotional, soul-penetrating style.

12:51

From the Archives: Jazz Singer Jimmy Scott Is Back in the Public Eye.

Singer Jimmy Scott. He sang with Lionel Hampton's band in the late 1940s early 50s and influenced such singers as Nancy Wilson, Marvin Gaye, and Stevie Wonder. Quincy Jones who played with Hampton's band then said of Scott's singing, "It's a very emotional, soul-penetrating style. Jimmy used to tear my heart out every night." He became best known for his ballads. Despite his talent, SCOTT has had a sporadic singing career marked by long periods of obscurity. He returned to performing and recording in the early 1990s. (REBROADCAST from 7/23/92)

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