Currently living and performing in Las Vegas as a singer, drummer, song-writer Jimmy Walker works with various musicians and the band. Jimmy was a member of the Knickerbockers (of “Lies” fame) and replaced Bill Medley in the Righteous Brothers for several years.
He was born in the Bronx, New York. Jimmy started singing on the neighbourhood street corner, harmonising acapella versions of radio hits with three friends. The group called themselves the Castle Kings. Ahmet Ertegun of Atlantic Records signed the band and they recorded three singles for the label.
Jimmy Walker moved to Bergenfield where he joined Buddy Randall (previously in the Rockin’ Saints of Short Shorts fame when he was only 14!) and John & Beau Charles. They played under the name of The Knickerbockers.
Jimmy Walker ex Righteous Brothers
Soon they met songwriter Jerry Fuller in a club in Albany, where he was booked as a singer promoting his own career. He signed the group to a record deal with Challenge, began his own career as a producer and took the band to California.
They were house-band at the Red Velvet nightclub and had a smash hit with Lies. They became regulars on the TV show Where The Action Is, also appearing on Shinding, Shivaree, Hullaballu amongst others. Jimmy then accepted an offer by Bobby Hatfield to replace Bill Medley in the Righteous Brothers.
For the next four years they played major venues and concerts across America and Japan. They also appeared on several US TV shows. These included the Smothers Brothers and Glen Campbell Good Time Hour. They then recorded the album Rebirth in 1969. Jimmy wrote a song called Nobody’s Gonna Take Me and played drums on the whole album.
After leaving the Brothers, Jimmy joined Fatback with former Brothers’ Barry Rillera and his brother Butch. Jimmy then played with Oasis – Jim Waller and Hot Street with Bruce Conte, ex-Tower Of Power. Jimmy is currently living and playing in Vegas with various musicians and the Jimmy Walker Band. This features Pat Marlin, Tim Manion and Dewey Dehran. His solo album Playing To Win is available on CD Baby and iTunes. It’s a nice mix of Soul & R’n’B with a touch of Blues & Funk. Also in the works is possibly a European tour in the near future.
Jimmy has an album called Still There In My Soul which can be described as Americana. A wonderful blend of roots music including Blues, Jazz, R&B and Rock.
“Beautiful… Jimmy sounds great, powerful as always!! Beautiful piano playing by John Simon… tasteful… great job!” Scott Riggi.
“Fool’s Paradise… Great tune Jimmy, really sounds good! I love that style of music. Cool!” Terry Lawrence.
“Sounds great Jimmy!”, “Just got the CD in the mail today! AWESOME!!!” Roger A. Baffer.
“Awesome” Jeff Rey Charles Aldridge.
“I would love a copy… been singing Fool’s Paradise to myself a lot… it’s a very catchy song… love, love, love it!!!!” Sheri Berman Winchester.
“CONGRATULATIONS ON THE CD!!!!! Of course I will buy a copy. Can’t wait to hear it!” Sheri Strobaugh.
“Very very cool to hear, thanks Jimmy. It kinda sounds like a mix between Boz Scaggs and Van Morrison, I’m digging it!”
Listen to Jimmy Walker Croydon radio interview 21 06 2014 on Mixcloud
“Great to hear you Jimmy… Still got that sound” Al Bruno. “Hey bro, you’ve been busy! I love it!” Rock Light.
“Great news!!! :)” Angi Lepore.
Listen to the mix on Mixcloud
“Nice!!!!!!!!” Bo Hammar.
“Still can hit those high notes. Sounds nice Jimmy” Richard Phipps.
“Smooth!” Fraser Loveman.
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