Thursday, June 08, 2006

Jimmy Rushing- Blues In the Dark

Blues no more.

Possessing perhaps the best nickname ever in "Mr. Five by Five," Jimmy Rushing achieved immortality singing for the top Kansas City-based bands of the '20s and '30s- Walter Page's Blue Devils, Benny Moten's Kansas City Orchestra and Count Basie & His Orchestra. He co-wrote this classic with Basie. It was recorded on March 1, 1938. Suffused with mystery and longing, "Blues In the Dark" could be the best three minutes of music from the last century.

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