Raye, Mister Five By Five (S/AATB)


“Mr. Five by Five” is a 1942 popular song by Don Raye and Gene DePaul that describes a heavyset man who is “five feet tall and five feet wide”. The person highlighted by the song was Jimmy Rushing, “Mr. Five by Five”, who was the featured vocalist of Count Basie’s Orchestra from 1935 to 1948.
The song was introduced in the motion pictures Behind the Eight Ball and Who Done It?, both of which were 1942 Universal Pictures releases.

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