Black History Month

Stories of the Ages: Endangered Black History

A one month special project focusing on the fading remnants of rich black cultural history in Oklahoma. Featuring stories about important towns such as Boley and Langston and the people who made them so iconic.

Blues vocalist Jimmy Rushing of the Count Basie orchestra is seen in a 1936 publicity photo. (AP Photo)

Remembering Jimmy Rushing, the 'Five by Five' man with the enormous voice

A&E | Updated: Sun, Jan 29, 2012 | Comment on this article Leave a comment

Jimmy Rushing was big in 1942, so big that a song called “Mr. Five By Five” was written in his honor and went to No. 1 on the Billboard R&B Chart. The song described a man who was “5-feet-tall and he's 5-feet-wide,” but the biggest thing about Rushing was his voice, an instrument that could compete with the loudest horns in any band.

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