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Witherspoon, Jimmy

Howard Rye

in American National Biography Online


Published online February 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/anb/9780198606697.article.1803760

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Witherspoon, Jimmy (18 August 1922–18 September 1997), blues and jazz singer, was born in Gurdon, Clark County, Arkansas, the son of Leonard Witherspoon, a railroad brakeman, and Eva Tatum, a laundress. References to 8 August as his birthday result from a typographical error. The year of birth quoted was given by the singer himself in some late interviews and is consistent with his age as recorded in the 1930 U.S. census....

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Subjects: Blues ; Jazz

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