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Jimmy Clanton


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Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA (1956 – present)

Jimmy Clanton was born 2 September 1940 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA, and formed his first band in 1956 while in high school.

One of the few white singers to come out of the New Orleans R&B/rock & roll sound (he was known as the “swamp pop R&B teenage idol”), he rode the crest of the popular teen music wave in the 1950s and ’60s with such songs as ‘Just a Dream’ and ‘Venus in Blue Jeans’. He even continued to release hits after he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1961 and served for two years.

Clanton became a disc jockey in the 1970s and performed in an oldies revue, The Masters of Rock ‘n’ Roll, with Troy Shondell, Ray Peterson, and Ronnie Dove. He is reputed to have had a religious conversion in the 1980s. In the 1995 Jazz Fest in New Orleans, Clanton performed with Ray Charles, Chuck Berry, and Frankie “Sea Cruise” Ford.

Clanton starred in a rock ‘n’ roll movie produced by Alan Freed called “Go Johnny Go,” and later starred in “Teenage Millionaire.”


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  • marcy50

    Just always loved this guy,,fun listening to him~

    26 Oct 2010 Reply
  • bayo3345

    I will never forget this guy...early 60's we went to see him and my boyfriend (later husband) just had to go outside and have a drink..I missed seeing him...should have been one of my first clues to how my life was going to go...But young love, who can tell them anything...

    16 Jan 2010 Reply
  • TippinMyStuff

    One of the best songs...

    7 Mar 2009 Reply
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  • flagshiprecs

    I am looking for a copy of Hurting Each Other --- anyone????

    4 Apr 2008 Reply

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