|Also known as||Spoon|
|Born||August 8, 1920|
|Died||September 18, 1997 (aged 77)|
|Years active||1940s – 1990s|
Jimmy Witherspoon (August 8, 1920 – September 18, 1997) was an American blues singer. Events 1220 - Sweden is defeated by Estonian tribes in the Battle of Lihula. Year 1920 ( MCMXX) was a Leap year starting on Thursday (link will display 1920 of the Gregorian calendar Gurdon is a city in Clark County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 2276 at the 2000 census. Arkansas ( is a state located in the southern region of the United States. Events 96 - Nerva is proclaimed Roman Emperor after Domitian is assassinated Year 1997 ( MCMXCVII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar A music genre is a categorical and typological construct that identifies musical sounds as belonging to a particular category and type of music that can be distinguished from other The Blues is a vocal and instrumental form of Music based on the use of the Blue notes It emerged as an accessible form of self-expression A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified for the purpose of making Music. The 1940s decade ran from 1940 to 1949 Events and trends The 1940s was a period between the radical 1930s and the conservative 1950s which also leads the period to be The 1990s collectively refers to the years between and including 1990 and 1999 In the Music industry, a record label can be a Brand and a Trademark associated with the Marketing of music recordings and Music Events 1220 - Sweden is defeated by Estonian tribes in the Battle of Lihula. Year 1920 ( MCMXX) was a Leap year starting on Thursday (link will display 1920 of the Gregorian calendar Events 96 - Nerva is proclaimed Roman Emperor after Domitian is assassinated Year 1997 ( MCMXCVII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar The United States of America —commonly referred to as the The Blues is a vocal and instrumental form of Music based on the use of the Blue notes It emerged as an accessible form of self-expression
James Witherspoon was born in Gurdon, Arkansas. Gurdon is a city in Clark County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 2276 at the 2000 census. Arkansas ( is a state located in the southern region of the United States.  He first attracted attention singing with Teddy Weatherford's band in Calcutta, India, which made regular radio broadcasts over the U. Teddy Weatherford ( 11 October 1903 - 25 April 1945) was a Jazz Pianist, an accomplished Stride pianist. India, officially the Republic of India (भारत गणराज्य inc-Latn Bhārat Gaṇarājya; see also other Indian languages) is a country Radio is the transmission of signals by Modulation of electromagnetic waves with frequencies below those of visible Light. S. Armed Forces Radio Service during World War II. American Forces Network (or AFN) is the brand name used by the United States Armed Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS for its entertainment World War II, or the Second World War, (often abbreviated WWII) was a global military conflict which involved a majority of the world's nations, including Witherspoon made his first records with Jay McShann's band in 1945. A gramophone Jay McShann ( January 12 1916 – December 7 2006) was an American Blues and swing Pianist, Year 1945 ( MCMXLV) was a Common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar In 1949, recording under his own name with the McShann band, he had his first hit, "Ain't Nobody's Business", a song which came to be regarded as his signature tune. Year 1949 ( MCMXLIX) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. "Ain't Nobody's Business" is a Blues standard, an Eight-bar blues written in the 1920s by Pianist Porter Grainger, who had been In 1950 he had hits with two more songs closely identified with him: "No Rollin' Blues" and "Big Fine Girl". Another classic Witherspoon composition is "Times Gettin' Tougher Than Tough".
Witherspoon's style of blues - that of the "blues shouter" - became unfashionable in the mid-1950s, but he returned to popularity with his 1959 album, Jimmy Witherspoon at the Monterey Jazz Festival, which featured Roy Eldridge, Woody Herman, Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Earl Hines and Mel Lewis, among others. The 1950s Decade refers to the years of 1950 to 1959 inclusive The year 1959 ( MCMLIX) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Roy David Eldridge ( January 30, 1911 &ndash February 26, 1989) nicknamed "Little Jazz" was an American Woodrow Charles Herman ( May 16 1913 &ndash October 29 1987) better known as Woody Herman, was an American Jazz Benjamin Francis Webster ( March 27 1909 &ndash September 20 1973) aka " The Brute " or " Frog," was an Coleman Randolph Hawkins ( November 21 1904 - May 19 1969) Nicknamed "Hawk" and sometimes "Bean" was a prominent Earl Kenneth Hines, universally known as Earl "Fatha" Hines, ( 28 December, 1903 Duquesne Pennsylvania &ndash 22 April Mel Lewis ( May 10, 1929 - February 2, 1990) was a Drummer, Jazz musician and Band leader. He later recorded with Gerry Mulligan, Leroy Vinnegar, Richard "Groove" Holmes and T-Bone Walker. Gerald Joseph "Gerry" Mulligan (April 6 1927 – January 20 1996 was an American Jazz saxophonist Composer and arranger. Leroy Vinnegar ( July 13 1928 – August 3 1999) was an American Jazz bassist. Richard Arnold "Groove" Holmes ( Camden, New Jersey, 2 May 1931 &ndash St Aaron Thibeaux Walker or T-Bone Walker or Oak Cliff T-Bone ( May 26 1910 — March 15 1975 Walker's recording
In 1961 he toured Europe with Buck Clayton and returned to the UK on many occasions, featuring on a mid-sixties live UK recording Spoon Sings and Swings (1966) with tenor sax player Dick Morrissey's quartet. Buck Clayton (born Wilbur Dorsey Clayton in Parsons Kansas on November 12, 1911 -died in New York City on December 8 Richard Edwin "Dick" Morrissey ( May 9 1940, Horley, Surrey - November 8 2000, Deal, Kent In 1970, he appeared on Brother Jack McDuff's London Blue Note recording To Seek a New Home together with British jazz musicians, including Terry Smith and Dick Morrissey. "Brother" Jack McDuff ( September 17, 1926 - January 23, 2001) was a Jazz Organist and Organ trio Terence 'Terry' Smith (born 20 May 1943, West Norwood, South East London) is a British Jazz Guitarist. Richard Edwin "Dick" Morrissey ( May 9 1940, Horley, Surrey - November 8 2000, Deal, Kent In the 1970s he also recorded the album Guilty! (later released on CD as Black & White Blues) with Eric Burdon and featuring Ike White & the San Quentin Prison Band. This article is about the Decade 1970-1979 For the Year 1970 see 1970. Eric Victor Burdon (born 11 May 1941, Walker, Newcastle upon Tyne) is the former lead singer of The Animals and War He then toured with a highly regarded band of his own featuring Robben Ford and Russ Ferrante. Robben Ford (born December 16 1951, Woodlake, California) is an American Blues, Jazz and rock Russell Keith Ferrante is a Jazz Pianist from San Jose California who is a founding member of the group Yellowjackets. A recording from this period, Spoonful, features "Spoon" accompanied by Robben Ford, Joe Sample, Cornell Dupree, Thad Jones and Bernard Purdie. Robben Ford (born December 16 1951, Woodlake, California) is an American Blues, Jazz and rock Joseph Leslie "Joe" Sample (born February 1, 1939 in Houston Texas) is an American Pianist, Keyboard player Cornell Dupree is an influential R&B / Soul jazz Guitarist who has worked with Donny Hathaway and Steve Gadd, appeared on David For the New Orleans music historian see Tad Jones. Thaddeus Joseph Jones ( March 28, 1923 – August 21, 1986 Bernard "Pretty" Purdie (born June 11, 1939) is an American Drummer and Session musician from Elkton Maryland who has worked  He continued performing and recording into the 1990s. The 1990s collectively refers to the years between and including 1990 and 1999 
Other performers with whom Witherspoon recorded include Jimmy Rowles, Earl "Fatha" Hines, Vernon Alley, Mel Lewis, Teddy Edwards, Gerald Wiggins, John Clayton, Paul Humphrey, Pepper Adams, Kenny Burrell, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Jimmy Smith, Long John Baldry, Junior Mance, Ellington bassist Jimmy Woode, Kenny Clarke, Gerry Mulligan, Jim Mullen, Count Basie and others. Jimmy Rowles ( August 19, 1918 – May 28, 1996) was an American Jazz Pianist who was best known as an accompanist Earl Kenneth Hines, universally known as Earl "Fatha" Hines, ( 28 December, 1903 Duquesne Pennsylvania &ndash 22 April Vernon Alley ( May 26, 1915 &ndash October 3, 2004) was an American Jazz Bassist. Mel Lewis ( May 10, 1929 - February 2, 1990) was a Drummer, Jazz musician and Band leader. Theodore Marcus "Teddy" Edwards ( April 26, 1924 &ndash April 20, 2003) was an American Jazz tenor Saxophonist Gerald Wiggins (born May 12, 1922 in New York City died July 13, 2008 in Los Angeles) was a jazz pianist and organist John Clayton Jr is a Grammy -winning American Jazz and classical Double bassist. Paul Nelson Humphrey (born October 12, 1935 in Detroit Michigan) is an American Jazz drummer Pepper Adams (born Park Adams III on October 8, 1930 in Highland Park Michigan - died on September 10, 1986 in Brooklyn New Kenneth Earl "Kenny" Burrell (born July 31 1931) is an American Jazz Guitarist. Harry "Sweets" Edison ( October 10, 1915 – July 27, 1999) was born in Columbus Ohio. Jimmy Smith ( December 8, 1925 year is disputed and is often given as 1928 – February 8, 2005) was a Jazz musician whose performances John William Baldry, popularly known as Long John Baldry, ( January 12 1941 &ndash July 21 2005) was an English Julian Clifford Mance Jr (born in Evanston Illinois, October 10, 1928) aka Junior Mance, is an American Jazz Pianist Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington (April 29 1899 &ndash May 24 1974 was an American Composer, Pianist, and Bandleader. Jimmy Woode (born Philadelphia 23 September 1926 (or 1927 - died Lindenwold New Jersey 23 April 2005 was a jazz bassist. Kenny Clarke (born Kenneth Spearman Clarke, nicknamed " Klook " and later known as Liaqat Ali Salaam, on January 9, 1914 Gerald Joseph "Gerry" Mulligan (April 6 1927 – January 20 1996 was an American Jazz saxophonist Composer and arranger. Jim Mullen (born November 26, 1945) is a Glasgow -born Jazz guitarist with a distinctive style like Wes Montgomery before him picking William "Count" Basie ( August 21, 1904 &ndash April 26, 1984) was an American jazz pianist, Organist
Jimmy Witherspoon died in Los Angeles, California on September 18, 1997.