• The Sparks Of Rhythm  (New York)

    Personnel :

    Jimmy Jones (Lead)

    Floyd Edmonds (Bariton)

    Andrew Barksdale (Bass)

    Willie Peebles

    Johnny Peebles

    Discography :

    1955 - Don't Love You Anymore / Woman, Woman, Woman (Apollo 479)
    1955 - Stars Are In The Sky / Hurry Home (Apollo 481)
    1960 - Handy Man / Everybody Rock (Apollo 541)

    Unreleased :
    N/A - Somewhere (Apollo)
    N/A - Cry On My Shoulder (Apollo)

    Biography :

    When Jimmy Jones was around twelve years old he moved from his native Birmingham, Alabama, to New York City. At that time he was already an accomplished tap dancer, but singing was equally important to him. Role models were Louis Jordan and the Ink Spots and later especially Clyde McPhatter and Jackie Wilson.


    Early in 1955 he joined a vocal group, the Sparks of Rhythm (originally the Berliners), who landed a recording contract with Apollo Records in July 1955. Four songs were recorded at their first session, three of them led by Jimmy. When the two resulting singles went nowhere, Jones left the Sparks of Rhythm to form his own group, the Savoys, soon renamed the Pretenders. The Sparks Of Rhythm, now without Jimmy, recorded four songs for Apollo, among them Jones's composition "Handy Man".

    Songs :

    Don't Love You Anymore / Woman, Woman, Woman     Stars Are In The Sky / Hurry Home

    Handy Man  / Everybody Rock And Go

    Cry On My Shoulder                      Somewhere


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