Chanteur Rock 'n' Roll US né le 15 septembre 1940 à Chicago (Illinois). Installé au Texas dès sa jeunesse, il débute en 1958, mais il connaîtra le succès qu'en 1963 avec "Sugar Shack".

The story of Jimmy Gilmer & the Fireballs is somewhat confusing, in that the Gilmer-fronted lineup was identical to the one that played on records simply credited to the Fireballs. The New Mexico band had several instrumental hits in the late '50s and early '60s in a slick Tex-Mex style, with staccato guitar lines that prefigured surf music. Using the same producer as Buddy Holly (Norman Petty), the group also performed controversial overdubs that were added to some of Holly's posthumously released material. Again following the lead of Holly and the Crickets, in the mid-'60s they recorded some singles credited to Jimmy Gilmer & the Fireballs. These were distinguished from most other Fireballs records in that they were vocal numbers, not instrumental, Gilmer (who was second guitarist in the Fireballs) being the lead singer.
Jimmy Gilmer & the Fireballs had a monster number one single in late 1963 with "Sugar Shack," a light pop/rocker dominated by the vibrating sound of a primitive precursor to the synthesizer, the Solovox. The song was singled out for special venom by Greil Marcus in The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock & Roll, who called it "the worst excuse for itself rock and roll had yet produced." The public disagreed, sending it to number one; surprisingly, it also topped the R&B charts.
Gilmer and band made the Top 20 one more time with "Daisy Petal Pickin'," a transparent "Sugar Shack" soundalike, right down to the Solovox. They cut various flops for Dot in the mid-'60s, and Gilmer recorded a Buddy Holly tribute album on his own. Signing to Atlantic in 1967, the Fireballs had another Top Ten hit with Tom Paxton's "Bottle of Wine," without giving top billing to Gilmer, although he was still in the band. Gilmer left the Fireballs shortly afterwards, though, and the Fireballs saga petered out after a few other low-charting singles in the late '60s.

Talents : Singer

Style musical : Rock 'n' Roll

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CALL IN THE SHERIFF (1961)

WON'T BE LONG (1963)

SUGAR SHACK (1963)

Daisy Petal Pickin' (1963)

THINK IT OVER (1964)

Années en activité :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles & EP

07/1959 SP DECCA 9-30942 (US) . Jimmy GILMER - Look Alive ! / Because I Need You
1961 SP 7 ARTS S 714 (US) Jimmy GILMER & The FIREBALLS - Call In The Sheriff   / Don't Stop
1963 SP QUALITY 1508 (CAN) . Jimmy GILMER & The FIREBALLS - Really Big Time / Tuff-A-Nuff
1963 SP HAMILTON 50035 (US) . Little Toy (Jimmy GILMER & The FIREBALLS) / Holiday Love (GUITARS INC.)
1963 SP HAMILTON 50036 (US) . Jimmy GILMER & The FIREBALLS - Blacksmith Blues / Tuff-A-Nuff
1963 SP HAMILTON 50037 (US) . Jimmy GILMER - I'm Gonna Go Walkin' / Won't Be Long
05/1963 SP DOT 45-16487 (US) . Jimmy GILMER & The FIREBALLS - Sugar Shack / My Heart Is Free
1963 EP LONDON RE 10154 (F) Sugar Shack (Jimmy GILMER & The FIREBALLS) / My Heart Is Free (Jimmy GILMER & The FIREBALLS) / Wipe Out (SURFARIS) / Surfer Joe (SURFARIS)
10/1963 SP DOT 45-16539 (US) . Jimmy GILMER & The FIREBALLS - Daisy Petal Pickin' / When My Tears Have Dried
02/1964 SP DOT 45-16583 (US) . Jimmy GILMER - Ain't Gonna Tell Nobody / Young Am I
1964 SP LONDON FLX 3118 (NL) Ain't Gonna Tell Nobody / Young Am
1964 SP DOT 45-16591 (US) . Jimmy GILMER & The FIREBALLS - Daytona Drag / I'll Send For You
04/1964 SP DOT 45-16609 (US) . Jimmy GILMER - Look At Me  / I'll Send For You
1964 SP DOT 45-16642 (US) . Jimmy GILMER - Wishing / What Kinda Love
1964 SP DOT 45-16661 (US) . Dumbo (Jimmy GILMER & The FIREBALLS) / Mr. Reed (inst.) (FIREBALLS)
1964 SP DOT 45-16666 (US) . Jimmy GILMER - Cry Baby / Thunder And Lightning
12/1964 SP DOT 45-16687 (US) . Jimmy GILMER - Cinnamon Cindy / Break His Heart For Me
1964 SP DOT 45-16691 (US) . Mexican Fun (Jimmy GILMER & The FIREBALLS) / Evermore (ins) (G. TOMSCO & The DOTS)
1964 SP DOT 45-16692 (US) . Jimmy GILMER & The FIREBALLS - Baby What's Wrong / Yummie Yama Papa
1964 SP DOT D 382 (DK) What Kinda Love? / Ain't Gonna Tell Nobody
1964 EP DOT VDEP 34005 (F) Jimmy GILMER - Wishing / What Kinda Love ? / Thunder 'n Lightnin' / Cry Baby
1965 SP CBS 1.581 (NL) Jimmy GILMER - Cinnamon Cindy / Break His Heart For Me
1965 SP DOT 45-16714 (US) . Jimmy GILMER - Lonesome Tears / Born To Be With You
1965 SP DOT 45-16715 (US) . Jimmy GILMER & The FIREBALLS - More Than I Can Say / Beating Of My Heart
05/1965 SP DOT 45-16743 (US) . Jimmy GILMER - The Fool / Somebody Stole My Watermelon
1965 SP DOT 45-16745 (US) . Campusology (Jimmy GILMER & The FIREBALLS) / Ahhh ! Soul ! (ins.) (FIREBALLS)
1965 SP DOT 45-16768 (US) . Jimmy GILMER & The FIREBALLS - Codine / Come To Me
1965 SP DOT 45-16786 (US) . Jimmy GILMER & The FIREBALLS - Ramblers Blues / She Belongs To Me
1966 SP DOT 45-16833 (US) . Jimmy GILMER & The FIREBALLS - Hungry Hungry Hungry / White Roses
1966 SP DOT 45-16881 (US) . Jimmy GILMER & The FIREBALLS - Ain't That Rain / All I Do Is Think Of
1966 SP DOT 45-16918 (US) . Torquay Two (Jimmy GILMER & The FIREBALLS) / Say I Am (ins.) (FIREBALLS)
1967 SP DOT 45-16992 (US) . Jimmy GILMER & The FIREBALLS - Shy Girl / I Think I'll Catch A Bus
1967 SP DOT 45-238 (US) . Jimmy GILMER & The FIREBALLS - Sugar Shack / Daisy Pedal Pickin' 
05/1968 SP ATCO 45-6583 (US) . Jimmy GILMER - Three Squares (And A Place To Lay Your Head) / Baby
10/1969 SP ATCO 45-6716 (US) . Jimmy GILMER - Model Child (Jimmy / Sugar In The Woods
1974 SP GOLDIES 45 P-2706 (US) . Jimmy GILMER & The FIREBALLS - Sugar Shack / Daisy Petal Pickin'
1979 SP KING GT4-2099 (US) . My Heart Is An Open Book (Carl DOBKINS) / Sugar Shack (Jimmy GILMER)





Albums

1963 LP 12" DOT DLP-3545 (mono) / DLP-25545 (stereo) (US) SUGAR SHACK - Jimmy GILMER & The FIREBALLS - Sugar Shack / Let's Talk / Linda Lu / Lonesome Tears / Let The Good Times Roll / Red Cadillac And A Black Mustache / Won't Be Long / Little Baby / I Wonder Why / Suzie Q / Pretend / Almost Eighteen
1963 LP 12" CROWN CLP-5376 (mono) / CST-376 (stereo) (US) JIMMY GILMER AND THE FIREBALLS AND THE SUGAR SHACKERS - True Love / Yacky Do / Panic Button / Runnin' On / Zip It Up / Vaquero / Tequila / Wild Life / Wrong Side / The Last Time
1963 LP 12" CROWN CLP-5387 (mono) / CST-387 (stereo) (US) THE SENSATIONAL JIMMY GILMER AND THE FIREBALLS - Wishing / Foot Platter / The Spur / Don't Touch / Heaven Help Us / Kissing / Cielito Lindo / Love Me Too / Good Soul / Let It All Out
1964 LP 12" DOT DLP-3577 (mono) / DLP-25577 (stereo) (US) BUDDY'S BUDDY - BUDDY HOLLY SONGS BY JIMMY GILMER - Look at Me / Wishing / I'm Gonna Love You Too / Think It Over / Lonesome Tears / Maybe Baby / Listen to Me / Everyday / Words Of Love / It's So Easy / Little Baby / Oh Boy!
1965 LP 12" DOT DLP-3643 (mono) / DLP-25643 (US) LUCKY 'LEVEN - JIMMY GILMER - Boom Boom / Candy Wrappers / Dixie Fried / Hi Heel Sneakers / If You Ever / Lucille / My Daddy Walked In Darkness / Note Upon My Door / Shame, Shame, Shame / The Fool / You Turn To Cry
1965 LP 12" DOT DLP-3668 (mono) / DLP-25668 (US) FOLKBEAT - Jimmy GILMER & The FIREBALLS - Codine / 500 Miles / Let Me Follow / Bessie Barnes / Can't Help But Wonder / Blackland Farmer / She Belongs To Me / Come On In / Rambler's Blues / Blowin' In The Wind / That's My Song / Come On Back
1968 LP 12" DOT DLP-3856 (mono) / DLP-25856 (stereo) (US) FIREWATER ! - FIREBALLS Featuring Jimmy GILMER - Your Turn To Cry / Maybe Baby / She Belongs To Me / Not Upon My Door / Almost Eighteen / Red Cadillac And A Black Mustache / Won't Be Long / Let The Good Times Roll / Lucille / Think It Over / Daisy Petal Pickin'
1994 CD ACE CDCHD 468 (US) THE BEST OF THE FIREBALLS' VOCALS FEATURING JIMMY GILMER - Do You Think / Wishing / True Love Ways  / Call In The Sheriff (Jimmy GILMER & The FIREBALLS) / Don't Stop (Jimmy GILMER & The FIREBALLS) / Good Good Lovin' / Won't Be Long / Sugar Shack (Jimmy GILMER & The FIREBALLS) / Ain't Gonna Tell Anybody (Jimmy GILMER & The FIREBALLS) / Daisy Petal Pickin' (Jimmy GILMER & The FIREBALLS) / When My Tears Have Dried (Jimmy GILMER & The FIREBALLS) / Look At Me / I'll Send For You / What Kinda Love / Cry Baby (Jimmy GILMER & The FIREBALLS) / Bullmoose ((Jimmy GILMER & The FIREBALLS)) / Lonesome Tears (Jimmy GILMER & The FIREBALLS) / Indian Giver (Jimmy GILMER & The FIREBALLS) / Red Cadillac And A Black Moustache (Jimmy GILMER & The FIREBALLS) / Almost Eighteen (Jimmy GILMER & The FIREBALLS) / Pretend (Jimmy (Jimmy GILMER & The FIREBALLS) / I Wonder Why (Jimmy GILMER & The FIREBALLS) / Maybe Baby / Everyday / Little Baby (Jimmy GILMER & The FIREBALLS) / It's So Easy / Bottle Of Wine (The FIREBALLS) / Come On React! (The FIREBALLS) / Goin' Away (The FIREBALLS) / Can't You See I'm Trying (The FIREBALLS)
04/1996 CD VARESE VSD-5697 (US) SUGAR SHACK - THE BEST OF JIMMY GILMER & THE FIREBALLS - Sugar Shack (Jimmy GILMER & The FIREBALLS) / Red Cadillac And A Black Moustache (Jimmy GILMER & The FIREBALLS) / Daisy Petal Pickin' (Jimmy GILMER & The FIREBALLS) /Lonesome Tears (Jimmy GILMER & The FIREBALLS) / Ain't Gonna Tell Anybody (Jimmy GILMER & The FIREBALLS) / Think It Over (Jimmy GILMER) / She Belongs To Me (Jimmy GILMER & The FIREBALLS) / Maybe Baby (Jimmy GILMER) / What I Am (Say I Am) (Jimmy GILMER & The FIREBALLS) / Shy Girl (Jimmy GILMER & The FIREBALLS) / Bottle Of Wine (The FIREBALLS) / Goin' Away (The FIREBALLS) / Come On React (The FIREBALLS) / Long Green (The FIREBALLS)
05/1997 CD ACE CDCHD 646 (UK) Sugar Shack / Buddy's Buddy - JIMMY GILMER & THE FIREBALLS - Sugar Shack / Let's Talk / Linda Lu / Lonesome Tears / Let The Good Times Roll / Red Cadillac And A Black Moustache / Won't Be Long / Little Baby / I Wonder Why / Susie-Q / Pretend / Almost Eighteen / Look At Me / Wishing / I'm Gonna Love You Too / Think It Over / Lonesome Tears / Maybe Baby / Listen To Me / Everyday / Words Of Love / It's So Easy / Little Baby / Oh, Boy!
10/1997 CD ACE CDCHD 665 (UK) Lucky 'Leven / Folkbeat - JIMMY GILMER - Boom Boom / Lucille / Shame, Shame, Shame / If You Ever / Candy Wrappers / My Daddy Walked In Darkness / Hi-Heel Sneakers / Your Turn To Cry / The Fool / Note Upon My Door / Dixie Fried / Codine / 500 Miles / Let Me Follow You Down / Bessie Barnes / Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound / Blackland Farmer / She Belongs To Me / Come On In / Rambler's Blues / Blowin' In The Wind / That's My Song / Come On Back
04/2002 CD ACE CDCHD 828 (UK) THE BEST OF THE REST OF THE FIREBALLS - VOCAL FEATURING JIMMY GILMER - Look Alive / Because I Need You / I'm Gonna Go Walkin' / My Heart Is Free (Jimmy GILMER & The FIREBALLS) / Young Am I (Jimmy GILMER & The FIREBALLS) / Cinnamon Cindy / Break His Heart For Me / Baby What's Wrong (The FIREBALLS) / Yummie Yama Papa (The FIREBALLS) / Lonesome Tears [slow 45 version] / Born to Be With You / More Than I Can Say (The FIREBALLS) / Beating Of My Heart (The FIREBALLS) / Somebody Stole My Watermelon / Come To Me / Hungry, Hungry, Hungry (Jimmy GILMER & The FIREBALLS) / White Roses (Jimmy GILMER & The FIREBALLS) / Ja-Da (The FIREBALLS) / Say I Am (The FIREBALLS) / Ain't That Rain (Jimmy GILMER & The FIREBALLS) / All I Do Is Dream Of You (Jimmy GILMER & The FIREBALLS) / Shy Girl (Jimmy GILMER & The FIREBALLS) / I Think I'll Catch A Bus (Jimmy GILMER & The FIREBALLS) / Three Squares / Baby /  Watch Her Walk (The FIREBALLS) / Good Morning Shame (The FIREBALLS) / Model Child / Sugar In The Woods / Long Green (The FIREBALLS)

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