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Vin Scelsa's "Idiot's Delight" For June 21

by WFUV Staff
Jimmy Scott (courtesy NPR, photo: Leon Morris/Redferns)

Tonight on Vin Scelsa's "Idiot's Delight,"® joined in progress following WFUV's broadcast of the Clearwater Festival, Vin pays homage to the great jazz singer Jimmy Scott who passed away earlier this week at the age of 88. Scott's delicately pitched, idiosyncratic alto, the result of a lifelong struggle with Kallmann syndrome, could crack even the hardest of hearts as he tenderly explored a ballad. After a short period of early success in the '50s, Scott's artistic genius as a vocal stylist went unrecognized for decades, until he was rediscovered by a new generation in the '90s. Jimmy Scott, who was a guest on "Idiot's Delight"® in the early '90s, had a long list of fans that included Ray Charles, Doc Pomus and Lou Reed. Said Reed of Scott: "He has the voice of an angel."

That's Vin Scelsa's "Idiot's Delight,"® Saturdays from 8-10 p.m. on 90.7FM, also streaming online.

MIssed the show? You can find "Idiot's Delight"® in the FUV archives for two weeks after broadcast.