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January 16, 2018

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Jazz giant Jimmy Scott, 88, dies at his Las Vegas home

You’d never have mistaken Jimmy Scott and that gorgeous, tender, heartbreaking voice of his for anyone else. When Jimmy sang the blues, you knew he’d experienced the blues too.

But for most of his life, despite the fact that he was singing for most of them and attracting attention from a starry set of musicians including Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Frankie Valli, Marvin Gaye and Lionel Hampton, Scott, who died Friday at his home in Las Vegas, was largely unknown and unheralded. He was one of those secret voices that music fans talked about in awe, but you rarely heard them because the albums weren’t around, his tours didn’t reach your town and he just wasn’t on the radar.

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