1994 29c Blues and Jazz Singers: Jimmy Rushing

# 2858 - 1994 29c Blues and Jazz Singers: Jimmy Rushing

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US #2858
1994 Jimmy Rushing

  • Part of the Legends of American Music series
  • Set features eight Jazz and Blues singers from the 20th century

Category of Stamp:  Commemorative
Set: 
Jazz and Blues Singers, from the Legends of American Music series
Value: 
29¢, First-Class Mail rate
First Day of Issue: 
September 17, 1994
First Day City: 
Greenville, Mississippi
Quantity Issued: 
21,862,750
Printed by: 
Ashton-Potter
Printing Method:
  Lithographed
Format: 
Panes of 35 from printing plates of 210 (15 across, 14 down)
Perforations: 
11 X 10.8

Reason the stamp was issued:  The Jazz and Blues Singers stamps were issued as part of the Legends of American Music series.  They honor some of the most famous jazz and Blues singers of the 20th century.

About the stamp design:  The image on the Jimmy Rushing stamp was painted by veteran stamp artist Howard Koslow.  The original photo was taken by William Gottlieb, a jazz expert.  Rushing was performing with the Count Basie band when Gottlieb captured the shot.  Because the microphone in the original photo was the same model as in other stamps in this set, Koslow substituted another mic from the same era in Rushing’s stamp to add variety. 
The Blues and Jazz Singers stamps were originally planned as two separate sets, and different artists were hired for each set.  When the two sets were combined into one, both artists continued with their assignments.  Magazine illustrator Julian Allen, was given the four blues singers, while Howard Koslow created the artwork for the jazz singers.  The USPS supplied photos of the singers to both artists, but they were dissatisfied with the way some of the singers were portrayed and found other sources.

First Day City:  The First Day of Issue ceremony for the set was held in Greenville, Mississippi, during the 17th annual Mississippi Delta Blues Festival.  Other cities also hosted First Day of Issue celebrations.  These included the hometowns of some of the featured singers.

About the Legends of American Music Series:  The Legends of American Music Series debuted on January 8, 1993, and ran until September 21, 1999.  The stamps were issued in semi-jumbo size.  The name of each performer is in white letters, sometimes on a black background to make it stand out.  The name of the set is shown running up the left side of the stamp.
More than 90 artists are represented from all styles of music:  rock ‘n’ roll, rhythm and blues, country and western, jazz and pop, opera and classical, gospel and folk.  In addition to individual singers and Broadway musicals, subjects include band leaders, classical composers, Hollywood songwriters and composers, conductors, lyricists, and more.  The Legends of American Music Series was a huge advancement for diversity because it honored many Black and female artists.

History the stamp represents:  Short of stature, but not of girth, James Andrew Rushing was affectionately known as “Mister Five by Five.”  Born in 1902 to a musical family in Oklahoma, Rushing learned to play piano early in life.  Later he traveled the country playing at dances, until he reached the west coast.  There he joined Walter Page’s band, The Blue Devils.  In 1929 Page went bankrupt, and Rushing joined the Bennie Moten Band.  Moten passed away in 1935, and was replaced by William “Count” Basie.  Rushing’s punchy, shouting, singing style was a perfect match for the Kansas City jazz, and he sang with Count Basie’s band for 15 years.
In 1950 Rushing formed his own band. From 1957 to 1960, Rushing was a major attraction at all the major jazz festivals, including a widely successful tour of Europe with Benny Goodman in 1958 and 1959.
With his rhythmic style, the words were less important than the sound of the voice, and Rushing often repeated simple rhymes in a song.  His high-pitched voice could be authoritative or sensitive, and many popular vocalists have been influenced by his vocal and performance stylings.  Rushing won many awards for his music, including the Melody Maker British critic’s choice for Number One Male Vocalist in 1957.

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US #2858
1994 Jimmy Rushing

  • Part of the Legends of American Music series
  • Set features eight Jazz and Blues singers from the 20th century

Category of Stamp:  Commemorative
Set: 
Jazz and Blues Singers, from the Legends of American Music series
Value: 
29¢, First-Class Mail rate
First Day of Issue: 
September 17, 1994
First Day City: 
Greenville, Mississippi
Quantity Issued: 
21,862,750
Printed by: 
Ashton-Potter
Printing Method:
  Lithographed
Format: 
Panes of 35 from printing plates of 210 (15 across, 14 down)
Perforations: 
11 X 10.8

Reason the stamp was issued:  The Jazz and Blues Singers stamps were issued as part of the Legends of American Music series.  They honor some of the most famous jazz and Blues singers of the 20th century.

About the stamp design:  The image on the Jimmy Rushing stamp was painted by veteran stamp artist Howard Koslow.  The original photo was taken by William Gottlieb, a jazz expert.  Rushing was performing with the Count Basie band when Gottlieb captured the shot.  Because the microphone in the original photo was the same model as in other stamps in this set, Koslow substituted another mic from the same era in Rushing’s stamp to add variety. 
The Blues and Jazz Singers stamps were originally planned as two separate sets, and different artists were hired for each set.  When the two sets were combined into one, both artists continued with their assignments.  Magazine illustrator Julian Allen, was given the four blues singers, while Howard Koslow created the artwork for the jazz singers.  The USPS supplied photos of the singers to both artists, but they were dissatisfied with the way some of the singers were portrayed and found other sources.

First Day City:  The First Day of Issue ceremony for the set was held in Greenville, Mississippi, during the 17th annual Mississippi Delta Blues Festival.  Other cities also hosted First Day of Issue celebrations.  These included the hometowns of some of the featured singers.

About the Legends of American Music Series:  The Legends of American Music Series debuted on January 8, 1993, and ran until September 21, 1999.  The stamps were issued in semi-jumbo size.  The name of each performer is in white letters, sometimes on a black background to make it stand out.  The name of the set is shown running up the left side of the stamp.
More than 90 artists are represented from all styles of music:  rock ‘n’ roll, rhythm and blues, country and western, jazz and pop, opera and classical, gospel and folk.  In addition to individual singers and Broadway musicals, subjects include band leaders, classical composers, Hollywood songwriters and composers, conductors, lyricists, and more.  The Legends of American Music Series was a huge advancement for diversity because it honored many Black and female artists.

History the stamp represents:  Short of stature, but not of girth, James Andrew Rushing was affectionately known as “Mister Five by Five.”  Born in 1902 to a musical family in Oklahoma, Rushing learned to play piano early in life.  Later he traveled the country playing at dances, until he reached the west coast.  There he joined Walter Page’s band, The Blue Devils.  In 1929 Page went bankrupt, and Rushing joined the Bennie Moten Band.  Moten passed away in 1935, and was replaced by William “Count” Basie.  Rushing’s punchy, shouting, singing style was a perfect match for the Kansas City jazz, and he sang with Count Basie’s band for 15 years.
In 1950 Rushing formed his own band. From 1957 to 1960, Rushing was a major attraction at all the major jazz festivals, including a widely successful tour of Europe with Benny Goodman in 1958 and 1959.
With his rhythmic style, the words were less important than the sound of the voice, and Rushing often repeated simple rhymes in a song.  His high-pitched voice could be authoritative or sensitive, and many popular vocalists have been influenced by his vocal and performance stylings.  Rushing won many awards for his music, including the Melody Maker British critic’s choice for Number One Male Vocalist in 1957.