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Jimmy Rushing (1903–1972)

James Andrew Rushing was a blues and jazz singer who was best known as the featured vocalist of the Count Basie and His Orchestra from 1935 to 1948. Jimmy Rushing was known as "Mr. Five by Five" and was the subject of an eponymous 1942 popular song that was a hit for Harry James and others. Born in Oklahoma City on August 26, 1903 into a family ... See full bio »

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 2003 The Blues (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Road to Memphis (2003) ... (writer: "Goin' to Chicago Blues")
 2002 The Salton Sea (writer: "Brand New Wagon")
 1993 Bluesland: A Portrait in American Music (Documentary) (performer: "Take Me Back Baby") / (writer: "Take Me Back Baby")
 1978 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 3 August 1978 (1978) ... (writer: "Goin' to Chicago Blues")
 1969 The Learning Tree (performer: "My Baby's Gone")
 1941 Take Me Back, Baby (Short) (performer: "Take Me Back, Baby") / (writer: "Take Me Back, Baby")
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 1969 The Learning Tree
Chappie Logan (as James Rushing)
 1960 The Robert Herridge Theater (TV Series)
 1943 Crazy House
Jimmy (uncredited)
 1941 Air Mail Special (Short)
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 1970-1972 The David Frost Show (TV Series)
- Episode #4.117 (1972) ... Himself
- Episode #2.167 (1970) ... Himself
 1963 Sarah Sings & Basie Swings (TV Movie)
 1959 The Jack Paar Tonight Show (TV Series)
- Episode #2.102 (1959) ... Himself
 1957 The Seven Lively Arts (TV Series)
Himself - Vocalist
- The Sound of Jazz (1957) ... Himself - Vocalist
 1957 Six-Five Special (TV Series)
- Episode #1.31 (1957) ... Himself (as James Rushing)
 1941 Take Me Back, Baby (Short)
Himself / Singer
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 1999 Blues Masters (Video documentary)
 1994 A Great Day in Harlem (Documentary)
Himself (uncredited)
 1993 Bluesland: A Portrait in American Music (Documentary)
Himself - Performer

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"Mr. Five by Five" is a 1944 popular song by Don Raye and Gene de Paul that celebrates the heavyset Rushing, "Mr. Five by Five" himself, who was the featured vocalist of Count Basie and His Orchestra from 1935 to 1948. The song was introduced in the Universal Pictures films Behind the Eight Ball (1942) and Who Done It? (1942). Ella Mae Morse with Freddie Slack's Orchestra had a hit recording with... See more »


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