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Jimmy Scott: Falling In Love Is Wonderful

For half a century it was the Holy Grail of jazz-vocal albums. Unearthing a copy of Jimmy Scott’s Falling in Love Is Wonderful was tantamount to finding a signed first edition of The Catcher In the Rye or unearthing a ’69 Yenko Camaro. It was the disc that could’ve elevated the delicate Cleveland dynamo from cult hero to mainstream star. Pundits speculate that it would have won Scott spots on all the top TV variety shows of the day, engagements in the nation’s plushest lounges and a solid recording contract with Ray Charles’ ABC-distributed Tangerine label.

But none of that was to be.

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