The voice of Jimmy Scott is one of the world’s most mesmerizing instruments, transcending gender and age. But its beauty is inextricably entwined with pain, hardship, and tragedy-yet Scott’s resilience made his life a story of triumph. Born in Cleveland in 1925, Scott was orphaned as a teenager, and suffered from Kallman’s syndrome, which kept his voice unnaturally high. He toured with Lionel Hampton in the ’40s and recorded for Savoy Records. In 1962 Ray Charles produced and played on what many agree was Scott’s best album, Falling in Love Is Wonderful, and a career breakthrough seemed imminent. But it was not to be, and Scott returned to Cleveland to work as an orderly and a shipping clerk-until he was rediscovered performing at his friend Doc Pomus’s funeral in March of 1991. Acclaimed biographer David Ritz, with Scott’s cooperation, has created a poignant portrait of a man whose voice cuts to the sadness and hope within us all. Faith in Time resonates like a haunting melody.
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