Jimmy Walker, singer, was an ex Righteous Brothers singer songwriter musician living and performing in Las Vegas as a singer and drummer. He worked with various musicians and the band and was a member of the Knickerbockers (of Lies fame) replacing Bill Medley in the Righteous Brothers for several years. Born in the Bronx, New York, he started singing on the neighbourhood street corner, harmonising acapella versions of radio hits with three friends calling themselves the Castle Kings. Ahmet Ertegun of Atlantic Records signed the band.
They recorded three singles for the label. Jimmy 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. Playing under the name of The Knickerbockers they soon met songwriter Jerry Fuller in a club in Albany. He was booked as a singer promoting his own career. The group signed to a record deal with Challenge.
Jimmy Walker Ex Righteous Brothers
With a career as a producer he 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 and 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. He wrote a song called Nobody’s Gonna Take Me and played drums on the whole album. After leaving the Righteous 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 lived and played in Vegas with various musicians and the Jimmy Walker Band. This featured 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. He 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.
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“Beautiful… Sounds great, powerful as always!! Beautiful piano playing by John Simon… tasteful… great job!” Scott Riggi.
“Fool’s Paradise… Great tune, 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!”
“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.
“Nice!!!!!!!!” Bo Hammar.
“Still can hit those high notes. Sounds nice Jimmy.” Richard Phipps.
“Smooth!” Fraser Loveman.
We are sad to discover that Jimmy Walker is no longer with us. RIP Jimmy! Check Noise 11 for further details. In the meantime……keep the legend alive ….download and enjoy this selection of albums for your music collection.