Jimmy Scott

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Vocals
Descriptive "tags": jazz male vocalists vocal jazz jazz vocal Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Biography

James Victor Scott, 17 July 1925, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Known also as ‘Little’ Jimmy Scott. An influential figure to popular singers as stylistically diverse as Nancy Wilson, Ray Charles, and Frankie Valli, the highly acclaimed balladeer ‘Little’ Jimmy Scott nevertheless found it extremely difficult to transcend his enduring cult status. Revered by only the most knowledgeable of jazz aficionados, it was not until the 90s that Scott was able to mount a successful comeback after suffering decades of undeserved obscurity.

Scott’s wavering, ethereal contralto vocal range, much closer in pitch to that of a woman than a man, was a result of a rare hereditary condition called Kallmann’s Syndrome, which restricted Scott’s height to 4 feet 11 inches until he was in his mid-thirties (when he suddenly grew to 5 feet 7 inches), blocked his sexual development, and stopped his voice from lowering into a conventional...

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