Bassiste et chanteur US né James Albert Bowen le 30 Novembre 1937 à Santa Rita (New Mexico), mais installé à l'age de 8 ans à Dumas (Texas). En 1955, Jimmy Bowen tient la basse dans les "Rhythm Orchids" de Buddy Knox. En Octobre 56, ils enregistrent ensemble un premier disque pour Bluemoon avant d'être racheté par Roulette Records. Les sessions se passaient à Clovis (New Mexico) dans les studios de Norman Petty, et Buddy Holly aurait participé à plusieurs de celles-ci. Jimmy Bowen est devenu producteur après avoir enregistré sans succès pour Roulette (57-60), Capehart (61), Crest (61), Reprise (64) , AMS et Skila Records.

Since the 1970s, Jimmy Bowen has been a powerful executive in the record industry; he's worked for several labels, but has stayed with MCA since 1986, and is acknowledged as one of the most influential figures in Nashville. He entered the business a long time before that, though, as a teenage rockabilly singer, landing a Top 20 hit in 1957 with "I'm Stickin' With You." The song was basic in the extreme, built around a thwacking bass riff, a singsong melody, and Bowen's own nervous, boyish Vocalss, suggesting that it may have been intended as nothing more than a demo. That indeed may have been close to the truth, as it was first released as a B-side to a song that made number one, Buddy Knox's "Party Doll."
Bowen and Knox's careers were bound together in an unusually close fashion that makes thumbnail sketches of their recording activities rather cumbersome and tangled. Knox (guitar, Vocalss) and Bowen (bass, Vocalss) met in the '50s and became the frontmen of a rockabilly combo, the Orchids. They were directed to Norman Petty's studio in Clovis, NM, by Roy Orbison. There the Orchids cut "Party Doll" (with Knox on Vocalss) and "I'm Stickin' With You" (with Bowen on bass). The tracks, both co-written by Knox/Bowen, were issued on the small Triple D label, the top side billed to Buddy Knox & the Orchids, the other to Jimmy Bowen & the Orchids. When the single was leased to Roulette for nationwide distribution, the company shrewdly divided the product into two separate singles. When both became hits, it found itself with two separate new stars, although nominally they were still part of the same group (now renamed, to further confuse matters, the Rhythm Orchids).
Bowen and Knox embarked on simultaneous solo careers for Roulette, although each continued to use the Rhythm Orchids as his backup band for quite a while. That accounts for the similar mild rockabilly-pop sound of each artist, but Knox was a far better singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist than Bowen; for that matter, he was far more successful, landing a string of smaller follow-up hits to "Party Doll." Bowen never entered the Top 20 again, although he did quite a bit of recording for Roulette in the late '50s. He found it hard to recapture the unforced bounce of "I'm Stickin' With You," and indeed his Roulette sides rate as some of the tamest rockabilly of the '50s. Bowen was probably unsuited to be a frontman to begin with, despite his teen-idol looks; his range was narrow (sometimes he sounds like a gawky Johnny Cash), and his delivery was stiff and unsure of itself. His material was fairly slight as well, and at the end of his stay with Roulette, he'd abandoned rock for misguided and soggy attempts at orchestrated pop.
Bowen would make some more records, but it was really more the beginning than the end when he moved into production. In the mid-'60s he worked with Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Dean Martin at Reprise; since then he's had high posts at Capitol, MGM, Elektra/Asylum, and MCA, concentrating mostly on country music in recent times.

Talents : Singer, Songwriter, Double Bass, Bass, Industry Executive, Record Producer

Style musical : Rockabilly, Rock 'n' Roll

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I'M STICKIN' WITH YOU (1957)

BLUE MOON (1958)

IT'S AGAINST THE LAW (1961)

SOMEBODY TO LOVE (1961)

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000 10

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles & EP

1956 SP TRIPLE D 798 (US) . I'm Sticking With You / Party Doll (Buddy KNOX)
02/1957 SP ROULETTE R-4001 (US) . Jimmy BOWEN with The RHYTHM ORCHIDS - I'm Stickin' With You / Ever Lovin' Fingers
04/1957 SP ROULETTE R-4010 (US) . Jimmy BOWEN with The RHYTHM ORCHIDS - Warm Up To Me Baby / I Trusted You
08/1957 SP ROULETTE R-4017 (US) . Jimmy BOWEN & The RHYTHM ORCHIDS - Don't Tell Me Your Troubles / Ever Since That Night
09/1957 SP ROULETTE R-4023 (US) . Jimmy BOWEN with The RHYTHM ORCHIDS - It's Shameful / Cross Over
1957 EP ROULETTE EPR-1-1302 (US) Jimmy BOWEN with The RHYTHM ORCHIDS - I'm Stickin' With You / Warm Up To Me Baby / Raggedy Anne / Ever Since That Night
03/1958 SP ROULETTE R-4057 (US) . Jimmy BOWEN with The RHYTHM ORCHIDS - I'm Keeping You / Can She Kiss
07/1958 SP ROULETTE R-4083 (US) . Jimmy BOWEN with The RHYTHM ORCHIDS - The Two Step / By The Light Of The Silvery Moon
09/1958 SP ROULETTE R-4102 (US) . Jimmy BOWEN with The RHYTHM ORCHIDS - My Kind Of Woman / Blue Moon
12/1958 SP ROULETTE R-4122 (US) . Jimmy BOWEN with The RHYTHM ORCHIDS - Wish I Were Tied To You / Always Faithful
08/1958 SP ROULETTE R-4175 (US) . Jimmy BOWEN with The RHYTHM ORCHIDS - You're Just Wasting Your Time / Walkin' On Air
01/1960 SP ROULETTE R-4224 (US) . Jimmy BOWEN with The RHYTHM ORCHIDS - Oh Yeah ! Oh Yeah ! Mm Mm / (I Need) Your Loving Arms
03/1961 SP CAPEHART 5005 (US) It's Against The Law / Teenage Dreamworld
08/1961 SP CREST 45-1085 (US) . Somebody To Love / Don't Drop It
1962 ? SP SKYLA 1120 (US) . Blue Saturday / Cascades
03/1964 SP REPRISE 0264 (US) . The Big Bus / The Biggest Lover In Town
1965 SP REPRISE 0358 (US) . The Golden Eagle / Spanish Cricket
1966 SP REPRISE 0450 (US) . Wonder Mother / Captain Gorgeous

Unissued Tracks

19?? Unissued track Dusk To Dawn
19?? Unissued track Eeenie Meenie Minnie Moe
19?? Unissued track Just Lookin'
19?? Unissued track Yellow Rose Of Texas (instr.)

Need Info

19?? Need info Last Night

Albums

1957 LP 12" ROULETTE R 25004 (US) JIMMY BOWEN - I'm Stickin' With You / It's Shameful / Stop Wasting My Time / Aching Hearts / Money Honey / Warm Up To Me / Raggedy Anne / Ever Since That Night / Way Back Home / Ever Lovin' Fingers / Last Night / I Trusted You
1959 LP 12" ROULETTE R 25048 (US) BUDDY KNOX & JIMMY BOWEN- By The Light Of Silvery Moon / My Kind Of Woman / Blue Moon / Whenever I'm Lonely / Two Step / + Buddy KNOX
1966 LP 12" REPRISE R 6210 (mono) / RS 6210 (stereo) (US) SUNDAY MORNING WITH THE COMICS - JIMMY BOWEN ORCHESTRA & CHORUS - FBI In Peace And War / Jack Armstrong / Batman Theme / When The Bloom Is On The Sage (Tom Mix) / Wonder Mother / Superman March / The Green Hairnet (Flight Of The Bumblebee) / Little Orphan Annie / Captain Gorgeous / Time For Horror-The Whistler / William Tell Overture
11/1991 CD COLLECTABLES 5406 (US) BEST OF JIMMY BOWEN - I'm Stickin' With You / It's Shameful / Stop Wasting My Time / Aching Hearts / Money Honey / Warm Up to Me Baby / Raggedy Anne / Ever Since That Night / Way Back Home / Ever Lovin' Fingers / Last Night / I Trusted You
05/1996 2 CD SEQUEL 278 (UK) BUDDY KNOX, JIMMY BOWEN AND THE RHYTHM ORCHIDS - THE COMPLETE ROULETTE RECORDINGS :
CD 1 : Party Doll  / Don't Make Me Cry / Hula Love / Mary Lou / Maybelline / 'Cause I'm In Love With You / Devil Woman / Rock Your Little Baby To Sleep / Rockabilly Walk (inst.) / Rockhouse / Rock Around The Clock / Whenever I'm Lonely / Swingin' Daddy / C'mon Baby / Somebody Touched Me / Teasable Pleasable You / That's Why I Cry / The Girl With The Golden Hair / All For You / I Think I'm Gonna Kill Myself / To Be With You / Taste Of The Blues / I Ain't Sharin' Sharon / Long Lonely Nights / Storm Clouds / Something Got Me Going / You'll Be Glad / Eenie Meenie Minnie Moe / You Made Me Love You / Yellow Rose Of Texas
CD 2 : I'm Stickin' With You / Everlovin' Fingers / My Baby's Gone / Warm Up To Me Baby / I Trusted You / It's Shamful / Crossover / Ever Since That Night / Aching Hearts / Money Honey / Raggedy Ann / Way Back Home / Last Night / Stop Wasting My Time / Don't Tell Me Your Troubles / Can She Kiss / I'm Keeping You / Two Step / By The Light Of The Silvery Moon / Stick With Me / Whenever I'm Lonely / My Kind Of Woman / Blue Moon / Always Faithful / Wish I Was Tired Of You / Walkin' On Air / You're Just Wasting Your Time / (I Need) Your Lovin' Arms / Oh Yeah! Oh Yeah1 Oh Yeah! Mm Mm / Just Lookin' / Dusk To Dawn
06/1999 CD COLLECTABLES 6212 (US) BUDDY KNOX / BUDDY KNOX & JIMMY BOWEN - Party Doll / Don't Make Me Cry / Rock House / Rock-A-Billy Walk [instr.] / Devil Woman / Rock Your Little Baby To Sleep / Hula Love / Mary Lou / Maybelline / I'm In Love With You / Rock Around The Clock / That's Why I Cry / Teasable, Pleasable You / Somebody Touched Me / All For You / C'mon Baby / Girl With The Golden Hair / By The Light Of The Silvery Moon / My Kind Of Woman / Blue Moon / Stick With Me / Whenever I'm Lonely / Two Step
10/2005 CD COLLECTABLES 9934 (US) I'M STICKIN' WITH YOU - I'm Stickin' With You / Ever Lovin' Fingers / Warm Up To Me Baby / Blue Moon / By The Light Of The Silvery Moon / Raggedy Ann / Stick With Me / I Trusted You / My Kind Of Woman / Money Honey
11/2007 CD BEAR FAMILY BCD 16872 (GER) ROCK - BUDDY KNOX & JIMMY BOWEN WITH THE RHYTHM ORCHIDS - Party Doll / Maybelline / Mary Lou / I'm Stickin' With You / Cause I'm Love With You / Rock Your Little Baby To Sleep / Devil Woman / My Baby's Gone / Rockabilly Walk (instr.) / Rockhouse / Rock Around The Clock / Warm Up To Me Baby / Hula Love / Whenever I'm Lonely / Swingin' Daddy / Money Honey / C'mon Baby / That's Why I Cry / Somebody Touched Me / Can She Kiss / I Think I'm Gonna Kill Myself / All For You / Long Lonely Nights / Stick With You / Storm Clauds / The Girl With The Golden Hair / Lovey Dovey / I Got You / Ling Ting Tong / She's Gone / Good Lovin'

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