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Singer Jimmy Scott

Jimmy Scott sang with Lionel Hampton's band in the late 1940s early 50s and influenced such singers as Nancy Wilson, Marvin Gaye, and Stevie Wonder. Qunicy Jones who played with Hampton's band then said of Scott's singing, "It's a very emotional, soul-penetrating style. Jimmy used to tear my heart out every night." He became best known for his ballads. Despite his talent, SCOTT has had a sporadic singing career marked by long periods of obscurity. He returned to performing and recording in the early 1990s. (Rebroadcast from 9/30/92