|Jimmy Clanton...Still Solid Gold|
New DVD Release "Jimmy Clanton In Concert"
New CD Release "Everybody Needs Love"
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A performer since childhood, Jimmy Clanton began playing guitar and singing with a band called the Dixie Cats around his hometown, Baton Rouge, Louisana. He joined another group, The Rockets, and after graduation, he appeared in local clubs and on "Teen-Town Rally," a local radio show.
In 1958, the Rockets went to New Orleans to record at a studio owned by Cosimo Matassa. Matassa was so impressed with Jimmy's voice that he took him for an audition in front of Johnny Vincent, Ace Records president. Jimmy was soon signed to the company, and by that summer, Jimmy wrote a song that was to be his first hit on Ace Records, "Just a Dream," which sold well over a million records. Soon afterward, he was awarded his first gold record on Dick Clark's wildly-popular "American Bandstand."
Riding the wave of popular teen music in the1950s and 1960s, Clanton toured with performerslike Fats Domino, The Platters, and Jerry Lee Lewis. Between 1958 and 1962, he had several national hits such as "Go Jimmy Go," "Another SleeplessNight," written by Neil Sedaka and "Venus in Blue Jeans," another solid gold hit.
Clanton even continued to release hits after he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1961 and served for two years. Clanton also starred in the rock `n roll movie, Go Johnny Go, produced by Allan Freed, the noted pioneer disk jockey. He later starred in another fan-favorite movie called Teenage Millionaire.
Today, Clanton still performs in popular shows (along with such legends as Chuck Berry, Fabian, the Cadillacs, Frankie "Sea Cruise" Ford, and Jerry Butler) which hearken audiences back to a time when rock `n roll was exploding and stars
He's a solid gold entertainer...
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