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Jimmy Jones "Handyman"
Jimmy Jones "Handyman"
Published: 2013/03/30
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Handyman-Jimmy Jones-original song-1960
Handyman-Jimmy Jones-original song-1960
Published: 2008/03/09
Channel: AK47bandit
Jimmy Jones - Good Timin
Jimmy Jones - Good Timin'
Published: 2008/05/14
Channel: dalkey130388
Jimmy Jones - You Got It
Jimmy Jones - You Got It
Published: 2008/08/18
Channel: SirBasildeBrush
Jimmy Jones - Handy Man
Jimmy Jones - Handy Man
Published: 2011/08/13
Channel: John1948SevenA
Jimmy Jones. 2000 Grand Ole Gospel Reunion.
Jimmy Jones. 2000 Grand Ole Gospel Reunion.
Published: 2013/04/22
Channel: herecalico
"Dreamer" (1982) Jimmy Jones
"Dreamer" (1982) Jimmy Jones
Published: 2016/02/15
Channel: Gospel Nostalgia
"When I Get To Heaven (I Got A Home)" (1982) Jimmy Jones
"When I Get To Heaven (I Got A Home)" (1982) Jimmy Jones
Published: 2016/02/09
Channel: Gospel Nostalgia
Jimmy Jones / It
Jimmy Jones / It's Amazing
Published: 2015/12/03
Channel: Antonio Oinotna
"He
"He'll Straighten It Out" (1982) Jimmy Jones
Published: 2016/02/09
Channel: Gospel Nostalgia
Jimmy Jones ( RIP)& Group - Whenever You Need Me
Jimmy Jones ( RIP)& Group - Whenever You Need Me '1959 Epic-9339.wmv
Published: 2012/08/06
Channel: Amnondoowop
Good Timin
Good Timin'-Jimmy Jones-original song-1960
Published: 2008/03/08
Channel: AK47bandit
Jimmy
Jimmy 'Mr. Bass' Jones - I Believe I'll Go Back Home
Published: 2011/02/04
Channel: bluesandrhythm
Jimmy Jones Band - Roam (Official Video)
Jimmy Jones Band - Roam (Official Video)
Published: 2012/08/19
Channel: Jimmy Jones
"I Love Him" (1982) Jimmy Jones
"I Love Him" (1982) Jimmy Jones
Published: 2016/02/15
Channel: Gospel Nostalgia
Jimmy Jones - I Told You So
Jimmy Jones - I Told You So
Published: 2014/04/29
Channel: BH47
USA - JAPAN - KYU SAKAMOTO & JIMMY JONES SING GOOD TIMING - SIXTIES CLASSIC
USA - JAPAN - KYU SAKAMOTO & JIMMY JONES SING GOOD TIMING - SIXTIES CLASSIC
Published: 2011/05/07
Channel: 1runrig
Jimmy Jones and Good News Singers The Common Man
Jimmy Jones and Good News Singers The Common Man
Published: 2017/10/13
Channel: Bass Singer Eric Winston
Jimmy Jones - My Precious Angel
Jimmy Jones - My Precious Angel
Published: 2013/12/30
Channel: SirBasildeBrush
Jimmy Jones & The Sensations at Newport 1959.wmv
Jimmy Jones & The Sensations at Newport 1959.wmv
Published: 2010/02/15
Channel: gospellin
Handy Man! (Jimmy Jones) (Lyrics) (1959)
Handy Man! (Jimmy Jones) (Lyrics) (1959)
Published: 2017/02/03
Channel: Howdy YourFriend
Jimmy Jones  & Sensations at Gospel Clefs Anniv
Jimmy Jones & Sensations at Gospel Clefs Anniv
Published: 2009/02/08
Channel: gospellin
JIMMY JONES - WALKIN
JIMMY JONES - WALKIN'
Published: 2013/01/09
Channel: ILMJXXX
Jimmy Jones - Handy Man
Jimmy Jones - Handy Man
Published: 2011/09/25
Channel: John1948SevenA
Jimmy Jones / Even Me
Jimmy Jones / Even Me
Published: 2015/12/03
Channel: Antonio Oinotna
Good Timin
Good Timin' - Jimmy Jones 1960
Published: 2014/08/14
Channel: 60s70sTheBest
Jimmy Jones - Good Timin
Jimmy Jones - Good Timin' (STEREO)
Published: 2012/05/11
Channel: SirBasildeBrush
JIMMY JONES HOUSTON MENS RETREAT
JIMMY JONES HOUSTON MENS RETREAT
Published: 2009/05/03
Channel: david white
1960 #8. Handy Man - Jimmy Jones
1960 #8. Handy Man - Jimmy Jones
Published: 2015/06/04
Channel: Trevor Coard
Jimmy Jones - Good timin
Jimmy Jones - Good timin
Published: 2010/10/28
Channel: TheOldrecordclub
1960 HITS ARCHIVE: Handy Man - Jimmy Jones
1960 HITS ARCHIVE: Handy Man - Jimmy Jones
Published: 2015/09/10
Channel: MusicProf78
EXCLUSIVE Video Premier~ Senorita Jimmy Jones Band
EXCLUSIVE Video Premier~ Senorita Jimmy Jones Band
Published: 2011/05/15
Channel: Jimmy Jones
Jimmy Jones
Jimmy Jones
Published: 2010/04/27
Channel: cleburnetimesreview
Jimmy Jones - Good Timin
Jimmy Jones - Good Timin'
Published: 2011/08/13
Channel: John1948SevenA
Jimmy Jones and Good News Singers Hide Me Rock of Ages
Jimmy Jones and Good News Singers Hide Me Rock of Ages
Published: 2017/10/13
Channel: Bass Singer Eric Winston
Handy Man (1960) Stereo - Jimmy Jones
Handy Man (1960) Stereo - Jimmy Jones
Published: 2015/02/11
Channel: yesteryear
Handy Man - Jimmy Jones - Sept. 1959  HQ
Handy Man - Jimmy Jones - Sept. 1959 HQ
Published: 2012/12/25
Channel: xunclexx
Handy Man - Jimmy Jones 45 rpm!
Handy Man - Jimmy Jones 45 rpm!
Published: 2015/03/07
Channel: Califas Slick's Oldies
Who I am ACOUSTIC Cover by Jimmy Jones at The Ranch 106.9
Who I am ACOUSTIC Cover by Jimmy Jones at The Ranch 106.9
Published: 2010/12/11
Channel: Jimmy Jones
Jimmy Jones  / No Greater Love
Jimmy Jones / No Greater Love
Published: 2015/12/22
Channel: Antonio Oinotna
Jimmy Jones   Handyman   Original Song   1960
Jimmy Jones Handyman Original Song 1960
Published: 2014/03/02
Channel: fläskis olsson
Empty Cabin The Good News Singers Recitation By Jimmy Jones
Empty Cabin The Good News Singers Recitation By Jimmy Jones
Published: 2014/03/19
Channel: melony60
Good Timin
Good Timin' - Jimmy Jones - March 1960 HQ
Published: 2012/12/25
Channel: xunclexx
Jimmy jones - My Yiddish Mama (Tom Jones)
Jimmy jones - My Yiddish Mama (Tom Jones)
Published: 2008/04/22
Channel: davidandaparis
Jimmy Jones - Make Believe Everything
Jimmy Jones - Make Believe Everything's All Right
Published: 2010/04/30
Channel: salvmac
Jimmy Jones - Good Timin
Jimmy Jones - Good Timin' - Acoustic Cover - Danny McEvoy
Published: 2011/05/24
Channel: TheWalrusWasDanny
Jimmy Jones ‎– Pardon Me / Walkin
Jimmy Jones ‎– Pardon Me / Walkin'1965 Roulette ‎– R-4608
Published: 2016/01/11
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Handy Man ~ James Taylor - Jimmy Jones ~ Cover w/ Harley Benton Custom Line King-CE NT & BT
Handy Man ~ James Taylor - Jimmy Jones ~ Cover w/ Harley Benton Custom Line King-CE NT & BT
Published: 2017/01/14
Channel: Pom Teddy
Jimmy Jones - For You
Jimmy Jones - For You
Published: 2016/06/22
Channel: flatop47
Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Jimmy Fallon and Questloves
Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Jimmy Fallon and Questloves's 4 Way Love Song
Published: 2017/05/25
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Jimmy Jones
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Jones in the 1960s
Background information
Birth name James Jones
Born (1937-06-02)June 2, 1937
Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.
Died August 2, 2012(2012-08-02) (aged 75)
Aberdeen, North Carolina, U.S.
Genres Pop
Rock and roll
R&B
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1954–2012
Labels Cub, Ro-Jac, Vee-Jay, Roulette, Parkway, Bell (US)
MGM (UK)

James Jones (June 2, 1937[1] – August 2, 2012) was an American singer-songwriter who moved to New York City while a teenager.[2] According to Allmusic journalist Steve Huey, "best known for his 1960 R&B smash, 'Handy Man,' Jones sang in a smooth yet soulful falsetto modeled on the likes of Clyde McPhatter and Sam Cooke."[2]

Career[edit]

Jones was born in Birmingham, Alabama. His first job in the entertainment industry was as a tap dancer. He joined a doo-wop group named the Berliners in 1954. They later changed their name to Sparks of Rhythm.[2] In 1955 Jones co-wrote "Handy Man", which was recorded by the Sparks of Rhythm in 1956 (after Jones left the group). After recording with other groups, Jones went solo and, in 1959, teamed up with Otis Blackwell who reworked "Handy Man" which Jones recorded on the MGM subsidiary Cub Records.[2] When the flute player did not show up for the session, Blackwell famously whistled on the recording. "Handy Man", released in 1959, gave Jones his first US and UK hit single.[2] It went to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1960, and peaked at No. 3 in the UK Singles Chart. It introduced a rock falsetto singing style to the British audience and later scored hits for Del Shannon and James Taylor.[2][3] A few months later in 1960, Jones' recording of "Good Timin'" climbed to No. 1 in the UK[4] and No. 3 in the US.[2] Both "Handy Man" and "Good Timin'" were million sellers, earning Jones two gold discs.[5]

Although Jones had only the two million-selling Top 40 hits, he nevertheless kept active in the music industry as both a songwriter and recording artist and made personal appearances as he saw fit. Jones' subsequent career was low key, although it included three more UK chart entries in the following twelve months.[4] Jones remained with Cub until 1962, and then recorded for the next decade for a variety of labels, including Bell, Parkway, Roulette, and Vee-Jay.[2]

Del Shannon cited Jones and Bill Kenny as influences on his falsetto style. Later singers who used falsetto included Frankie Valli of the Four Seasons, Lou Christie, Robert John, Jimmy Somerville, and Barry Gibb. Gibb cited Shannon, in turn, as an influence for his disco vocalizations with the Bee Gees. Jones released Grandma's Rock & Roll Party in the 1990s on CD, perhaps, in part due to his popularity in the UK Northern soul circles.[2] It included new versions of "Handy Man" and "Good Timin'". Castle/Sanctuary released a double album called Good Timin': The Anthology in 2002.[2]

Death[edit]

Jimmy Jones died in Aberdeen, North Carolina, on August 2, 2012.[6][7]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Positions Album
US UK AU
1959 "Handy Man"
b/w "The Search Is Over"
2 3 4 Good Timin'
"You For Me To Love"
b/w "Whenever You Need Me"
- - - Non-album tracks
1960 "With All My Heart"
b/w "Please Say You're Mine"
- - -
"Lover"
b/w "Plain Old Love"
- - -
"Good Timin'"
b/w "My Precious Angel"
3 1 7 Good Timin'
"I Just Go For You" / - 35 -
"That's When I Cried" 83 - 67 Non-album tracks
"EE-I EE-I Oh! (Sue MacDonald)" / - - 82
"Itchin'" - - 82
"Ready For Love"
b/w "For You"
- 46 - Good Timin'
1961 "I Told You So"
b/w "You Got It"
85 33 - Non-album tracks
"I Say Love"
b/w "Dear One"
- - -
"Mr. Music Man"
b/w "Holler Hey"
- - -
1962 "You're Much Too Young"
b/w "The Nights Of Mexico"
- - -
1963 "Mr. Fix It"
b/w "No Insurance (For A Broken Heart)"
- - -
1965 "Walkin'"
b/w "Pardon Me"
- - -
1966 "Don't You Just Know It"
b/w "Dynamite"
- - -
1967 "39-21-40 Shape"
b/w "Personal Property"
- - -
"True Love Ways"
b/w "Snap My Fingers"
- - -
1974 "The Man From Candyland"
b/w "Big Leg Woman"
- - - Timin'
1976 "Handyman Is Back In Town" -- Part 1
b/w Part 2
- - - Handyman's Back In Town (Part II)
1987 "Send Her Back To Me"
b/w "Shag"
- - - Non-album tracks

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sources vary as to his year of birth. In the liner notes of the two-CD set Good Timin, it is said to be 1942. Other sources, including Joel Whitburn's "Record Research" and writer Christopher G. Feldman, give 1937. The obituary in the Aberdeen Times, quoted in Cashbox, and in The Telegraph (see note at death) gives 1930.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Biography by Steve Huey". Allmusic.com. Retrieved May 16, 2009. 
  3. ^ Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 52. ISBN 0-85112-250-7. 
  4. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 289. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  5. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 125. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
  6. ^ "Jimmy Jones". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2014-12-20. 
  7. ^ "'Handy Man' Singer Song Writer Jimmy Jones Dies at Age 82 in Aberdeen NC". Aberdeen Times. August 4, 2012. p. Local News Headlines, Feature Section, 4 of 4. Retrieved 2012-08-04. 

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