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Jimmy "Bo" Horne


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“If you were anywhere near a club in the mid- to late seventies, there is no way you could have missed Jimmie “Bo” Horne and his positively charged and exceptionally catchy dance jams. Floor-fillers like “Gimme Some”, “Get Happy”, “Dance Across The Floor”, “Spank” and “You Get Me Hot” kept you shaking your booty all night long and even if you had a rough day, you left the discotheque with a big smile on your face. What had hit you was that highly rhythmic and distinctive “happy sound”, emanating from Florida, America’s “Sunshine State”. This positive, bouncy sound was the trademark of many brilliant records issued on T.K., Henry Stone’s vast distribution and record label network. But what very few people outside the Black communities of the American south realized in 1978, when “Dance Across The Floor” topped the charts worldwide, was that Jimmie “Bo” Horne was far from a newcomer in the business. Nor did anyone suspect that perhaps he didn’t feel totally at ease with being pigeonholed a “Disco artist”. “I was unhappy about the fact that my records made me seem like a mediocre singer”, Jimmie explained to me on the phone from his home in Florida recently. “It didn’t satisfy the passion of my heart, but I was happy that it took care of my family.” Jimmie, who has been in the business since the late sixties, recording several deeply soulful forty-fives for early T.K. subsidiaries like Dade and Alston, says he’s always regarded himself first and foremost a Soul singer and feels that he was not given the opportunity to express that side of his talent during the Disco explosion of the 70’s.


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