Friday, June 27, 2014

Sycamore Trees

I don't know how I missed this, but Little Jimmy Scott, the very unique jazz vocalist from Cleveland, Ohio died on June 12 at age 88. He was known as Little Jimmy Scott because of a rare genetic condition called Kallmans Syndrome. He had a high unique voice and didn't get to his full hight of 5'6" until he was 37 years old.  He started recording in 1945 with Lionel Hampton. During the 60's because of contractual problems, he faded into obscurity and was working as a hospital orderly in Cleveland.  Things changed in 1991 and the people who he had influenced over the years gave him the chance to reboot his career. Over the next 20 years he recorded solo records, and performed with Lou Reed, David Byrne, Flea, Michael Stipe and Antony and the Johnsons, all of whom had acknowledged him as real influence. He performed at the inaugurations of both Dwight D. Eisenhower and Bill Clinton. This performance of  Sycamore Trees, a song written by David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti for the finale of Lynch's Twin Peaks might have been the most important kick in restarting his career.

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