Please see revised post: Jimmy McCracklin
Gary: Dances – Who would have thought, that an old Blues Man, born in 1921, would write and record one of the more fun dances of 1958 on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand? I loved the dance, I loved the song (because it was simple) and had a great dance beat. So let’s look at…
(born August 13, 1921, St. Louis, Missouri)
Checker 885 / March 1958 / #7 Billboard
The Blues-singing piano player got his start performing in the Bay area of San Francisco during the fifties, but he did also record in the forties.
In early 1958, Jimmy recorded a song he wrote called “The Walk” which was released on Checker records. The dance the song described was appropriated by the dance-crazed contingent on “American Bandstand” and within a few weeks the song became a National Hit.