2 January 1929, Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA, d. 14 June 1997, Hamilton, Bermuda. After singing with a number of small bands, in 1945 Prysock joined Buddy Johnson, with whom he appeared at many Harlem clubs and ballrooms. Subsequently, he worked as a soloist, signing to Decca Records in 1952 and achieving chart success with a version of the standard I Couldnt Sleep A Wink Last Night. After recording for numerous small labels he signed a long-term contract with Hy Weiss Old Town Records and, in 1964, broke into the big time via a recording contract with Verve Records and record sessions with Count Basies orchestra. He had some success thereafter, performing at Carnegie Hall in 1966 and hosting his own television show.
He also appeared on labels including Mercury, MGM, Polydor and King Records. Although not a jazz singer in the real sense, Prysock had a broad vocal sound and his deep voice sometimes resembled...
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