Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Jimmy Castor

Jimmy Castor - best known as an early doowop singer, sax player and leader of the funk band the Jimmy Castor Bunch - has died aged 64. He began his career as long ago as 1956 when he wrote I Promise To Remember for Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers and became a member of Lewis Lymon and the Teenchords. After recording for various labels in the early sixties he had success on Smash in 1966 with Hey Leroy Your Mama's Calling, which was released on Philips in the UK, followed by Magic Saxophone. He also played sax on Dave 'Baby' Cortez's Rinky Dink.

As the Jimmy Castor Bunch he enjoyed singles success with Troglodyte in 1972 (see this weird clip http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VlRXQEA0yj0) and the Bertha Butt Boogie in 1975 and a string of album hits on RCA and Atlantic during the 1970s and early 1980s including E-Man Groovin' (Jimmy was known as the Everything Man) and Maximum Stimulation.


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