June 14, 2014, 2:27 am
Jazz singer Jimmy Scott passed away yesterday at the age of 88. A cause of death has not been released.
Scott had a rare genetic condition which stunted his growth and impeded puberty. For many years, he was known as “Little” Jimmy Scott. Consequently, Scott had a singing voice that sounded like that of a woman. But it was a voice that would enable to make records with the likes of Lionel Hampton and Charlie Parker in the late 1940s and early 1950s with “Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool” and “Embraceable You” respectively, but was not credited on either song and never saw a penny.
Scott did record an album for Ray Charles, but it was pulled from the shelves days after its release in 1963 because of a dispute with Scott’s business manager, Herman Lubinsky. This effectively shut down his career and eventually Scott would return to his native Cleveland where he would take a series of menial jobs.
It was not until 1991 that Scott would return to the spotlight when he was invited to sing at the funeral of Doc Pomus, a friend of Scott’s who co-wrote songs such as “A Teenager in Love”, “Save The Last Dance for Me” and “This Magic Moment.” For the last two decades of his life, Scott recorded steadily and a regularly performed in concert.
Please take a listen to “If You Only Knew.” If only more people knew about “Little” Jimmy Scott.