Jimmy Scott If You Only Knew
- Audio Commentary by Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Scott and the Filmmakers
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 18 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: January 11, 2005
- Originally Released: 2004
- Label: Rhino
Encoding: Region (Unknown)
Amaray Double Sided
Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Additional Release Material:
- Audio Commentary
- Photo Gallery
- Short Film, "Jimmy Scott: Alone Together"
- A new essay
- Time After Time
- Pennies from Heaven
- Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child
- Everybody's Somebody's Fool
- Embraceable You
- Everybody Needs Somebody
- Falling In Love is Wonderful
- The Source
- Why Was I Born'
- & My Mother's Eyes
- All the Way
- If You Only Knew
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Directed by||Matthew Buzzell|
|Music Performer:||Jimmy Scott|
Description by OLDIES.com:
Best known for his impossibly high singing voice, enigmatic jazz legend Jimmy Scott has been called by The New York Times "the most unjustly ignored American singer of the 20th Century." Jimmy Scott - If You Only Knew is a personal and meditative portrait of Scott, his odyssey of loss and redemption, and the most intimate document of Scott's life to date. Rare archival photos, moving concert footage, lush travelogue, and extensive interviews intertwine to create a document of Scott's lifelong attempt to overcome exploitation, reunite his family, and find closure through his art.
PBS presents a compelling documentary about the bizarre life of legendary jazz singer Jimmy Scott, who made a splash in the 1950s, when he recorded with Charlie Parker, Lionel Hampton, and Ray Charles. He subsequently disappeared for decades, working as a dishwasher and nurse's aide, only to reemerge at the age of 60 to reclaim his rightful position as an unique artist, recording many albums since 1992, and happily performing deep into his seventies. Scott's life was transformed at the age of 12 when it was discovered that he suffered from Kallmann's Syndrome, a hormone deficiency that stopped his development past boyhood, giving him his odd appearance and signature high register as a singer. The film chronicles his fascinating but heart-rending victimization by the jazz music industry of the 1950s and subsequent descent into menial jobs to survive until, invited to sing on a local radio show, he was suddenly discovered all over again. Songs include "Why Was I Born'" "All the Way," "Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child," "Everybody's Somebody's Fool," "Embraceable You," "Everybody Needs Somebody," "Pennies From Heaven," "Time After Time," "Memories," "Home," "The Source," and the especially resonant "If You Only Knew."
Documentary | Jazz | Jazz Legends | Jazz Musicians | Jazz Vocal | Jazz Vocalists | Music (General)
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