"I'm a Downtown Man"

Jimmy is a big man in a small, strange world.

Jimmy launches into the refrain. He has the gestures, the moves, the visceral feelof a guy who knows the blues and can sing with his heart. He comes back from the refrain, slips into the finish: "... I don't want no woman to run with every downtown man she see/Goodbye baby, this is the last you'll see of me."

Gus Torregrossa has been Jimmy's boss for nearly 30 years, except for the times he's fired him. "Anything he wants, he gets from Gus," Torregrossa says of Jimmy. "He's like my son -- I raised him."
Jennifer Silverberg
Gus Torregrossa has been Jimmy's boss for nearly 30 years, except for the times he's fired him. "Anything he wants, he gets from Gus," Torregrossa says of Jimmy. "He's like my son -- I raised him."
Gus Torregrossa has been Jimmy's boss for nearly 30 years, except for the times he's fired him. "Anything he wants, he gets from Gus," Torregrossa says of Jimmy. "He's like my son -- I raised him."
Jennifer Silverberg
Gus Torregrossa has been Jimmy's boss for nearly 30 years, except for the times he's fired him. "Anything he wants, he gets from Gus," Torregrossa says of Jimmy. "He's like my son -- I raised him."

Lusty applause. Loud whoops and hollers. Jimmy grabs his beer and throws back a hit. "Thank you, and God bless you," he says, making a little bow.

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