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Jazz singer Jimmy Scott dies, 88

Published on Jun 14, 2014 3:10 PM
US singer Jimmy Scott speaking after accepting an NEA Jazz Master award during the 17th Annual NEA Jazz Masters awards and concert in New York City on Jan 12, 2007. -- PHOTO: AFP 

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Jazz singer Jimmy Scott - famed for his unusually high soprano voice caused by a rare genetic condition - has died, US media reported Friday. He was 88.

Scott died in his sleep on Thursday at his home in Las Vegas, the reports said, without revealing the cause of death.

James Victor Scott was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on July 17, 1925. He was one of 10 children. Scott began his career in the 1940s, recording with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, Charlie Parker and others.

He also crossed over into rhythm and blues, reaching the top of the charts with Everybody's Somebody’s Fool – though it was bandleader Lionel Hampton, and not Scott, who was credited on the record label.

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