Some of you may recall that I featured Adam Gussow's Mr Satan's Apprentice in a previous post. While I was reading the book I came across a reference to Jimmy Robins who ranks as one of my biggest soul heroes. Adam Gussow said that Jimmy worked regular gigs in New York so I thought "I wonder whether he is still performing?"
I did a quick Google and to my surprise my hunch paid off - I found a number for him and before too long was talking to him.
You will be able to find out all about him and and what he is currently up to in a subsequent post. He was a warm and friendly person who directed me to a few places to find his music which I didn't know exist such as his recordings for Combo as Robbin Ray, his gospel recording s in the 50's, a 45 as Patricia & Jimmy on ALA and recordings with Big Joe Turner for Pablo in the 70's.
I have featured the above 45 especially for him to see because it is one of the few sides he doesn't have and he was keen to see and hear it again - Hi Jimmy!!!!!
The Convoy side is an early 70's deep side with Jimmy's unmistakeable hard as grit vocals over an organ backdrop with heavy gospel tones. A great self-penned story line of how he has been abused by his lover!!! This is one of the best deep sides you are ever likely to hear!!!
Watch out for more on Jimmy soon!!!!