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Jimmy Grissom

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Singer Jimmy Grissom is a nephew of Dan Grissom, who was the vocalist for the Jimmy Lunceford Orchestra.
Jimmy recorded in the late 1940’s for Miltone Records and had a hit with the seasonal tune “Christmas Brings Me Down” in 1948.

The next year he recorded “California Blues” and “Footsteps Round My Door” on MGM # 10337. He played clubs in the Los Angeles area in late 1949 and into 1950. His combo consisted of Chuck Waller on tenor sax, Willard McDaniel on piano, Reginald Jones on bass, and Bob Harvey on drums.

Gotham Records of Philadelphia purchased the masters of Miltone Records of L.A. Included were some unreleased sides by Jimmy Grissom. In the summer Grissom appeared at the Bowery Club in Las Vegas with alto player Clifton Neil, and bassist Theodore Shirley, as Grissom doubled on vocals and drums. In October of 1950 Modern Records planned to issue the first R & B LP album which would feature songs by a number of artists including Jimmy Grissom.

In December of 1950 Recorded In Hollywood launched an ad campaign featuring the recording of “Once There Lived A Fool” and “I’ll Still Keep Loving You” on # 143. They claim to have shipped twenty thousand copies of the record in the Southern California area in one week. Grissom appeared with Jim Wynn and his band at the L.A. Elks Auditorium. Savannah Churchill covered “Once There Lived A Fool” for Regal. Both versions sell well in the Northeast.

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