Rushing, Jimmy

Rushing, (James Andrew) Jimmy

(1902–72) jazz musician; born in Oklahoma City, Okla. A vocalist with a unique flair for both blues and Tin Pan Alley material, he sang with Walter Page's Blue Devils in 1929 and with Bennie Moten between 1930 and 1934. From 1935 to 1948 he was featured with Count Basie, and he free-lanced thereafter.
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