Print

Sad News About a Renowned Vocalist

Written by Chief Editor.

A jazz great, also known for covering pop classics, has died at the age of 88.

Jimmy Scott passed away in his sleep last week at his home in Las Vegas.

The Ohio native began performing professionally in the late 1940s and enjoyed R&B chart success in America in 1950 with Everybody's Somebody's Fool. He enjoyed sporadic success in the 1950s and then signed to Ray Charles' Tangerine Records. His success was short-lived and, by the mid-1970s, he had returned to Cleveland, where he worked as a shipping clerk and an elevator operator, among other jobs.

But Scott enjoyed a career resurgence in the early 1990s when he appeared in the finale of David Lynch's TV drama Twin Peaks and released a Grammy-nominated comeback album, titled All the Way. He later recorded Holding Back the Years, which included his version of Sorry Seems to be The Hardest Word, as well as material previously performed by the likes of John Lennon, Prince and Bryan Ferry.

Scott suffered from a rare genetic condition, known as Kallmann's syndrome, which left him small in stature and gave him a permanently youthful appearance and the nickname 'Little Jimmy Scott.' He moved from Cleveland to Las Vegas in 2007 for health reasons.