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Faith In Time: The Life Of Jimmy Scott [Format Kindle]

David Ritz

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Born in Cleveland in 1925, "Little" Jimmy Scott lost his mother at age thirteen, the same year he was diagnosed with Kallman's syndrome. The disease stunted his growth and earned him his nickname, but it also left him with a haunting voice, a mesmerizing voice. He soon built a following as a singer touring with Lionel Hampton's great orchestra in the '40s, then performed with many of the stars of the '50s, from Lester Young to Charlie Parker to Dinah Washington, and was signed by Savoy Records. He thought he had his big break when, in 1962, Ray Charles produced what was by all accounts Jimmy's best work, Falling in Love Is Wonderful. But when it was forced off the shelves by contract disputes, Scott worked as an orderly and clerk in Cleveland for almost two decades. Fans thought he was dead-until songwriter Doc Pomus's funeral in March of 1991.As Pomus had instructed in his will, Jimmy sang over his friend's coffin. High-pitched and androgynous, his voice seemed to come out of thin air, transcending gender and age, evoking pure heartbreak. No one knew who he was-heads turned, celebrities conferred, record executives were reduced to tears-until finally Lou Reed turned around and whispered, "He's Jimmy Scott, the greatest jazz singer in the world." And so he was. By the next morning, he had a record deal with Sire that relaunched his career with the masterpiece All the Way, and he has been performing to packed clubs ever since. With full cooperation from Jimmy, his siblings, spouses, and colleagues from Ray Charles to Ruth Brown, Faith in Time is at once an intimate biography, an invaluable history of a life that spanned big band to bebop to pop, and the poignant story of a man whose voice will live forever.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 2496 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 298 pages
  • Editeur : Da Capo Press (21 juillet 2009)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00B77AH2Q
  • Synthèse vocale : Activée
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  • Composition améliorée: Activé

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Much Like Jimmy Scott's Voice-- This Book is One Emotional Journey 30 juillet 2013
Par MarshallR - Publié sur Amazon.com
Jazz singer/supreme vocalist Jimmy Scott's life story reads like a classical Greek tragedy, only with a Rocky-like twist. Born in poverty, so much of Scott's journey has been a struggle with a capital S. As a child, his mom was killed in a tragic streetcar accident, his family life shattered, then came the discovery of his illness... Kallmann's Syndrome (a genetic disease which stunts physical growth),

Because of that rare affliction, Scott would remain four feet eleven inches for decades, until, at age 37, he grew another 8 inches to the height of five feet seven inches.

The only positive result: Kallmann's Syndrome kept his voice youthful...sounding as pure as that of a young boy who has yet to reach puberty. Yes, Scott's voice was a beautiful sounding instrument, yet the rest of him became a boundless curiosity that was billed as "Little Jimmy Scott." Some thought his whole persona was a trick, a sham and that the eternally youthful, smooth-skinned Mr. Scott was in fact, a woman, or gay, or perhaps a hermaphrodite.


What he was, in fact, was an artist of wonderful and deeply emotional layers. Listening him croon could then and even to this day, so easily break the human heart.

Lionel Hampton signed him and his career quickly took off. His one major hit was an late 1940s tune entitled "Everybody's Somebody's Fool."

But then it all went sour. The politics of the music game would do a number on Jimmy Scott, and yet, a talent like his would not soon be forgotten.

One can hear the influence of Scott in the voices of Frankie Valle (of The Four Seasons), Anthony Gourdin (Little Anthony and The Imperials) and vocalist Nancy Wilson who credits Scott's unique and otherworldly timing as her personal inspiration.

Author David Ritz does a wonderful job in recreating that magical time in history replete with neon-colored nights of jazz, cats and chicks and then peoples it with the likes of Bird (who once threatened a young Jimmy Scott, that he would `kill' him if he, Bird, ever caught wind of Scott shooting heroin), Dinah Washington, Ray Charles and Billie Holiday (whose funeral Jimmy Scott officiated). Every one of them would become a friend, who saw something beautiful and rare in Mr. Scott's talent. But it was the suits of the crooked record business, along with a string of women Jimmy Scott choose to marry which would lead to his undoing.

This book takes a darker side when one who is so gifted is cheated, discounted, robbed of his rightful royalties, and left to rot on a vine when there was so much left to give this world. As a result, Mr. Scott was forced to leave the business and become a janitor in order to make ends meet.

Years passed.

It was only through the concerted efforts of those who remembered him, and sought him out to sing at the funeral of his long time friend Doc Promus that he would many years later reappear on the scene and remind the jazz and recording worlds of just what makes Jimmy Scott's singular ability to glow with that utterly intangible quality which can only be called: musical genius.

Today, well into his 80s, Mr. Scott tours frequently and appears all over the world. He has finally reached a career zenith that rightfully should have been his well over fifty years ago. He is loved, admired and adored by many in and out of the entertainment business. His concerts draw to his seductive flame such diverse artists as Bette Midler, David Bowie, Robert Deniro, and even Madonna, has stated that `Jimmy Scott is the only artist who can make me cry.'

This book makes the reader pull for Jimmy Scott. It also made me mad at the world of ignorance, intolerance, cheats and crookedness, and yet in the end, one is left smiling, and glad that cream eventually rises to the top.

I fell in love with the talent and the tenacity of Jimmy Scott after reading this book. I would encourage anyone who loves music, who loves that sensual FEELING of their emotions being slowly stroked to purchase a few of his classic recordings, among with his more recent work and see for yourself what it's like to hear the sound of a tear.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Jimmy's Life, Jimmy's Records 16 février 2010
Par Andrey Starobin - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
Having read the book, I begin to wonder who exactly is collecting on Jimmy's late earned fame. The Amazon has 9 records for sale and yet the man himself barely made ends meet all his life. Read the book, and wonder for yourself ...
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A gripping biography which reads like a novel 14 novembre 2003
Par Midwest Book Review - Publié sur Amazon.com
Musicians will also enjoy David Ritz's Faith In Time, a survey of the life of Jimmy Scott. Orphaned as a teen and suffering from a syndrome which kept his voice unnaturally high, he toured with Lionel Hampton in the 1940s and achieved a career breakthrough twenty years later - then went back to being an orderly and shipping clerk. Faith In Time recounts his rise and fall, providing a gripping biography which reads like a novel with its action and insights.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 David Ritz book 11 janvier 2013
Par Toni J Morales - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
We are fans of Mr. Ritz and have read almost all his biographies. This is a beautifully told story of an artist whose life's struggles are transformed into exquisite music coming from his soul.
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Need to peel more layers off this onion called Jimmy Scott 13 avril 2004
Par Sabooski's Meow - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
Very interesting read about Jimmy Scott and the times in which he lived. I do believe he comes across somewhat wimpy. He never seems to get tough with the people that constantly take advantage of him and he always finds (at least the author tells us) excuses concerning his character faults, blaming others.

He grew up in a dysfunctional family (especially after his mother was killed)...he married several women who ran out on him (prostitution), his father was a real self-serving lout and he gets screwed over by greedy music execs again and again.
The author, Ritz, never really gets to the nitty-gritty of just who Mr. Scott is, treating him with kid gloves despite the many references to drinking bouts, drug use, wife beating, mood swings, and weird behavior. Though this book is not a puff piece by any means, the author seems to glaze over Scott's obnoxious behavior.

I got so frustrated with Ritz's portrayal of Scott's attitude I wanted to reach into the book and grab Scott by the scruff o'the neck and smack some sense into him! Jimmy Scott can sing, I'll give him that but he's not someone I'd care to know as a man.
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