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.
Scotts 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 Kallmanns Syndrome, which restricted Scotts 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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