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Time for an Oldie Goldie  HandyMan Did I ever love this song! Info on Jimmy Jones is in Comments Section:
Tags: jimmy  jones  handy  man  60s  doo  wop 
Added: 15th August 2008
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Posted By: Naomi
Posted by: Naomi on 2008-08-15 
Jimmy Jones joined a doo-wop group named The Berliners in 1954. They later changed their name to Sparks Of Rhythm. In 1955 he wrote Handy Man which was recorded by the Sparks Of Rhythm in 1956 (after Jones left the group).

After recording with other groups, he went solo and in 1959 he teamed up with Otis Blackwell who reworked Handy Man which Jones recorded on the MGM record label, Cub subsidiary. When the flute player did not show up for the session, Blackwell whistled on the recording. In 1959 the song was released, and Jimmy Jones had his first U.S. and UK hit single with the free-running, and all-time classic track. Handy Man went to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1960.

Later, in 1960 his recording Good Timin', went to Number 1 on the UK Singles Chart and #3 in the U.S. His subsequent career was low key, although it included three more UK chart entries in the following twelve months. The song, Handy Man, which introduced a rock falsetto singing style to the British audience, provided later hits for Del Shannon and James Taylor.

Although Jones had but two Top 40 hits, both smash million sellers, he was able to keep active in the music industry as both a songwriter and recording artist, making personal appearances when he wanted to. His importance in music can not be overstated as Del Shannon has cited both Jones and The Ink Spots as a major influence. Other singers who later used falsetto included Lou Christie and Barry Gibb, the latter who has 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 to his popularity in the UK Northern Soul music circle, which included new versions of Handy Man and Good Timin'.
Posted by: Kbug on 2008-08-16 
Thanks for posting this Naomi. I love this song!
Posted by: roseanns1 on 2008-08-16 
Good one girlfriend.
Posted by: IvoryJoeFezzewig on 2009-04-04 
I appreciated the information sent in by
Naomi! I found it highly interesting!
Posted by: Cliffy on 2009-04-04 
We are all full of info Joe lol!
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