Little Jimmy Scott: I’ll Close My Eyes (1952)

One of the greatest evenings in my life as a jazz fan was spent at a concert that singer Little Jimmy Scott (born July 17, 1925) gave at the Widderbar in Zurich, Switzerland in – I guess – spring 2001. I went there with my girlfriend Iris and with Otto Flückiger and the swiss poet Ewald Kaeser. Those of you who ever saw or heard Scott sing know, what this can do to you. When I told Otto that Scott would be performing in Zurich, he could not believe that at first, because he thought Scott passed a long time ago – he only knew Scott from the late 1949 Lionel Hampton recording of “Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool” – a rather big hit in 1950.

Amazingly I have no video, not a bit of sound nor even a photograph from that event. I remember somehow having the feeling of this being a very special occasion and that filming or recording it would keep me from remembering IN MY MIND how it was. Now I wish I would have at least made a photo.

But here is something else: Little Jimmy Scott singing “I’ll Close my Eyes” on an old Roost 78 rpm:

According to Tom Lord Roost 603 was recorded on March 20, 1952, and the personnel is Little Jimmy Scott (voc), Terry Gibbs (vib), Howard Biggs (p), Hy White (g) and Louis Bellson (dr).


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