Jimmy Scott Dies

GRAMMY-nominated jazz vocalist dies at 88
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    Jimmy Scott
June 13, 2014 -- 2:28 pm PDT
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GRAMMY-nominated jazz vocalist Jimmy Scott, aka Little Jimmy Scott, died June 12 in Las Vegas. A cause of death has not been revealed. He was 88. Born in Cleveland, Scott was known for his distinctive falsetto voice, which was a result of his lifelong battle with Kallmann Syndrome, a rare hereditary condition that prevented him from reaching puberty. Scott began performing professionally in the '40s, including work as a member of Lionel Hampton's band, and in 1955 issued his debut album, Very Truly Yours. After releasing several more albums and singles, including 1963's Falling In Love Is Wonderful and 1975's Can't We Begin Again, Scott took a hiatus from recording. In 1991 Scott resurfaced with a record deal with Sire Records after label head Seymour Stein heard him perform at the funeral of songwriter Doc Pomus. Scott subsequently appeared at the finale of David Lynch's "Twin Peaks," singing "Sycamore Trees," and later appeared in the follow-up film, 1992's Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. Scott sang on Lou Reed's 1992 album Magic And Loss and that same year released All The Way, which climbed to No. 4 on Billboard's Top Jazz Albums chart and garnered a GRAMMY nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Performance. Scott subsequently released several albums to chart in the Top 20 on the Top Jazz Albums chart, including 2000's Mood Indigo.

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