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Jimmy Walker

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Note: this Jimmy Walker is not the black Blues artist or Country musician of the same name listed here

Born in the Bronx, New York, I started singing on the neighborhood street corner, harmonizing acapella versions of radio hits with three friends and later adding drums and guitars, learning along the way, playing local events and parties. We called the group the CASTLE KINGS after Castle Hill Ave., the street where we started singing. We recorded a demo of a couple of songs and peddled it to several record companies. Mickey Addey of Dot records wanted to sign us after a chance meeting in front of Dot records with AHMET ERTEGUN of Atlantic records who was listening to the group singing harmony while waiting for a ride. Ahmet offered the band a meeting and within a week signed the group to a contract. After a year and several recordings with people like Tommy Dowd, Phil Ele, PHIL SPECTOR and with a wealth of experience and great memories, the group split up and went its own way.

I moved to Bergenfield, New Jersey, and worked as a truck driver for a couple of years. On a Saturday afternoon, I heard the KNICKERBOCKERS playing a gig for the local volunteer fire dept. on Memorial Day and was knocked out by their tight powerful sound and knew that I wanted to join their band. A few weeks later, I got a call from the bass player John Charles, looking for a drummer.

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