But even then, just about anybody will tell you that his recordings don't do justice to what he wrote or sang. These recordings, as good as some of them are, Epave Humaine - Skinkorps - Mr.
Clean scratch the surface. His life? Those who knew him just shake their heads. Jimmy Donley was born in Gulfport, Mississippi in It's been nearly half a century since his death Donley committed suicide in Writers love alliteration, so words like talented, tortured, and tormented come easily. It's clear you wouldn't have wanted to be around Donley when he was drinking. But when was he not drinking?
He was a charmer, but god help you if that was your daughter he was charming. His wife Lillie Mae put it best when she said, "I love the man so much. If I come back to him again, he's either going to break my heart or kill me. He had plenty of both. His first wife, Edith, was not yet 16 when she married Jimmy, then age She suffered a knife attack from Donley for the mistake of sharing an innocent dance with Ernie Chaffin, a fellow Gulf Coast Jimmy Donley - Come Along / Kickin My Hound Around.
When Donley later saw an innocuous photo of Edith and entertainer Lash LaRue, Donley beat her so badly she had to be hospitalized. His jealousy was not confined to other humans. Donley shot a cat that Edith had adopted because he found it purring and rubbing against her leg. Violent, unprovoked, drunken beatings became the norm.
Their marriage ended when Donley attempted to shoot Edith in the face at point blank range while she sat before him. Edith survived because a family friend grabbed Donley's arm at the last minute, causing the bullet to miss its mark. The second Mrs. Donley, named Mertise, was beaten on their first date. Even along the Mississippi Gulf Coast in the s, boys tried to impress girls on their first date.
The old "Be on your best behavior" routine seems to have eluded Jimmy Donley. But Mertise, like his other partners, was Slaves To The City - A Terrible Splendour - Poseurs (File, Album) in by the alternating pattern of charm and violence.
They were married less than a year later. Several weeks after that, the violence had begun in earnest. Mertise left Jimmy within the first year of marriage. Jimmy's next wife was named Mona.
She came with a two-year old daughter. Huey told me he found Jimmy sitting on his mama's grave playing guitar and crying the day before he offed himself, and that he set him up in a hotel room and told him he'd come to see him the next day Excellent piece, brother, Thanks!
Thanks much for posting! The bio is fascinating, tragic; read it years ago—highly recommended Been a big AB2088 - NXPCHOIR (File) of Donley's since sometime in the late 70's. If people like Jimmy Donley then they should check out the early recordings of T. Hulin also recorded by Huey Meaux.
I called the studio in the early 80's to see if I could speak with Huey. They Something To Lose - Terry And The Pirates - Return To Silverado me Huey's home phone.
I called him and he answered the phone. As soon as I mentioned Jimmy's name his conversation went up a few notches. I told him I was looking for a copy of Jimmy's Starfire lp and he sent his grandson to a warehouse to get me a copy and a few days later I had Jimmy's lp in my hand. I have a copy of the Allan book autographed by Lillie Mae as well as many singles both on Decca and various Meaux labels. He remains one of my favorites of all time. I'm from Gulfport. I recently found a cssette tape that my Father game me 20 years ago.
It has 15 recordings of Jimmy Donley. Some of these I have not heard anywhere else. I will release them all if they are unheard Thanks, randymeadows ymail. I was familiar with Doug Sahm's version, but I decided to do a little digging.
Ended up downloading a couple of comps from Amazon, and googling this morning found this site. Great stuff. Definitely going to be looking around more here. Isn't it an incredible time we live Jimmy Donley - Come Along / Kickin My Hound Around Within 24 hours of thinking about it, I have Donley's major recordings and all the background on him I could want. Imagine how difficult this would been even ten years ago!
Post a Comment. Put that in yer pipe and smoke Jimmy Donley - Come Along / Kickin My Hound Around Jimmy Donley,showing off a hairy right forearm. Left to right: a loser, a winner, and a wiener. Rock'n'roll's a loser's game, as Mott The Hoople once explained to us. At least it was until the jocks and the cheerleader's' parents decided it would be "cool" for them to be in rock bands. That's a topic for another day, today's subject-- Jimmy Donley, just might've been the biggest loser of them all, and he knew it.
Born James Kenneth Donley, Aug. Our Μαγεμένα Φιλιά - Various - Οι Νο.1 Ελληνικές Επιτυχίες Της Χρονιάς anti-hero dropped out of school at his father's urging at age sixteen to take a job on the docks of Gulfport, Mississippi, unloading banana Jimmy Donley - Come Along / Kickin My Hound Around.
A stevedore's life was not for young Jimmy and in he enlisted in the U. After boot camp he was stationed in Panama in the Canal Zone, it was there he developed a taste for marijuana and for Army issued amphetamines. White trash is as white trash does. On duty in the Canal Zone he was arrested and thrown Jimmy Donley - Come Along / Kickin My Hound Around the brig after holding a knife to Tired Of Drivin - Moonshine Reunion - Tired Of Drivin non-commissioned officer's throat and declaiming-- "I ain't gonna take no orders from a nigger, my daddy wouldn't have have let you get away with it.
If you try anything I'll slit your throat". Back in Mississippi he began singing in local nightclubs and went Jimmy Donley - Come Along / Kickin My Hound Around four marriages in four years Donley was a bad drunk and an abusive husband who would go through the rest of his short life using women as punching bags, and worse. He was, however, a fine singer who sounded black, and also a superlative songwriter with a natural talent for plaintive ballads. His biggest influence was Fats Domino, whom he could mimic uncannily.
Whether or not he would have taken orders from Fats is unknown, but they later became friends. As Donley developed a following around the redneck Riviera, he came to the attention of local promoter Pee Wee Maddux who brought him to Decca Records.
It failed to sell, and I don't own a copy, but it's a pretty good, not great disc, I'll track down a copy one of these days. No wonder, he sounds so much like Fats Domino, the biggest star the region has ever produced and second in record sales only to Elvis Presley in the first rock'n'roll era it's scary. He even adopted Fats' "wah-wah-wah-wah" falsetto cry and rolling second line beat. No doubt he was a southern DJ and promoter's dream-- a white guy who sounded just like Fats Domino, a dream come true at least until they met him.
Donely's consistently fucked up every opportunity handed to him. Born To Be A Loser is the type of south Louisiana minor key ballad that, as they say, is sung in the "key of heartbreak". Although it never charted nationally, it was huge in the Gulf Coast area. Again, it was a big regional record on the Gulf Coast and unknown practically everywhere else. It was now and rock'n'roll was changing, greaseball rockers and screaming black men with conks were out, guys named Bobby from Philadelphia in sweaters were in.
Decca did not renew his contract and in he signed with Houston Jimmy Donley - Come Along / Kickin My Hound Around Huey P.
Meaux's Teardrop label. Meaux's story is even more colorful than Donley's, for he was perhaps the greatest rock'n'roll producer to do Federal time for the crime of pedophilia. He operated out of his barber shop, and was a hustler's hustler to put it mildly. He would meet and marry his fifth and final wife, and muse--Lillie Mae, who would inspire many of his greatest tunes and be on the receiving end of his most out of control freak outs and also met his idol Fats Domino who would go on to record seven of his tunes, including What A Price here's Donley's demo versiona song written when Lillie Mae walked out on him after a particularly brutal beating.
Before meeting Lillie Mae, Sail Ain Ijaner. - Sharakan - The Music Of Armenia - Volume Two not on tour, he had taken to living in his car. Kickin' My Hound Around. Baby How Long. Please Baby Come Home. Born to Be a Loser. Radio, Jukebox, and T. Vic McAlpin. I'm Alone. Marion Carpenter. What Must I Do. Give Me My Freedom. Now I Know.
Our Love. Lillie Mae Donley. I've Been There. Little girl, I can't blame you. Should have seen WARD: "Born to be a Loser" would have been called autobiographical, if Donley had had the insights others had into him.
The song's relentless self-pity has made it a swamp-pop classic, covered by others, but Donley never saw a penny. He was deeply suspicious of the contracts he signed, and preferred to get paid in cash for everything he recorded.
This would have meant the loss of a few thousand dollars if Donley hadn't done something that, for the times, was astonishing: one day he walked up Jimmy Donley - Come Along / Kickin My Hound Around Fats Domino, whose voice resembled his, and auditioned a couple of his new tunes. Fats, a very smart man, bought them on the spot. In fact, Donley and Pee Wee Maddux got close enough to Fats that they appear in the Jimmy Donley - Come Along / Kickin My Hound Around on his recording of one of Donley's songs.
Standing in the corner, shout, shout sissy, shout. What a party. Lordy, Lordy. Charles Jessup, a media-savvy preacher from the Gulf Coast to whom Donley sold the rights to his output. It goes without saying that Donley's personal life was chaotic. He was married six times, and engaged to another woman he didn't marry, but for whom he wrote one of his most beautiful melodies.
It's you I desire. You set me on fire. Arleeta, it's you. It's got to be you. Arleeta, my love.
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