Jimmy "Spoon" Witherspoon

Jimmy “Spoon” Witherspoon, renowned vocalist and bass player. He was born in Gurdon (Clark County). Spoon toured Europe and the United States with Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan, Coleman Hawkins, Count Basie, Woody Herman, Red Garland, John Coltrane, Philly Joe Jones, Paul Chambers, Shelly Manne, and other renowned jazz players.

smiling Black man with receding medium hair singing into microphone wearing pinky ring and watch

Photo by Ken Hubbell, courtesy of the Arkansas State Archives