Chanteur Country né James Wilson Glaser le 16 Décembre 1937 à Spalding (Nebraska). Jim Glaser a débuté au milieu des années cinquante, en compagnie de ses deux frères Chuck et Tompall, sous le nom des "Glaser Brothers". En 1958, les 3 frères montent à Nashville (Tennessee) et enregistrent chez Robbins, Decca et Rich Records. Ils passent ensuite chez MGM en 1966 et se séparent en 1973. Jim Glaser est décédé le 6 Avril 2019.

Jim Glaser has spent much of his professional career working within the context of his family's group, Tompall & the Glaser Brothers. As a member of that trio, which was celebrated for its singing, he also worked with Marty Robbins on several important projects as a session musician, playing guitar and mouth harp and singing backup on songs (most notably "El Paso" from the sessions that yielded the first two Gunfighter Ballads albums), and toured as well as recorded for years with Robbins and Johnny Cash; and he has written hits for performers as diverse as Warner Mack and Gary Puckett & the Union Gap.
Jim and his brothers Tompall and Chuck were born in Nebraska, the sons of guitarist Louis, who taught his children music in the course of raising them on a ranch. They former Tompall & the Glaser Brothers in the mid-'50s and made it onto radio in Nebraska while playing dances and other local events. They met Robbins at one of his concerts, and impressed with their harmony singing, he signed them to his own label, making their debut with a Chuck song, "Five Penny Nickel." An appearance on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts helped break them nationally, and they signed with Decca Records in 1959, after moving to Nashville. They never had a hit for Decca, but their session work made their singing and playing very visible -- it was Jim, along with guitarist-singer Bobby Sykes (a member of Robbins' band), that suggested Marty record an entire album of western songs, which resulted in Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs, an album that was an immense hit at the time and still sells well several decades later, and which helped start a whole revival of interest in cowboy songs. The Glasers also played and sang on Claude King's The Comancheros, toured with Robbins, and ascended to the highest venue ever achieved by country music when they appeared with Johnny Cash at his Carnegie Hall performance.
Tompall & the Glaser Brothers enjoyed hits on MGM Records with "Gone, on the Other Hand" and "Through the Eyes of Love" in 1966 and 1967, and followed those up the next year with "The Moods of Mary" and "One of These Days" before they finally soared into the upper reaches of the charts with "California Girl (And Tennessee Square)" in 1969. During this period, Jim remained active as a songwriter, enjoying a Top Five hit for his "Sittin' in an All Nite Cafe" courtesy of Warner Mack; a huge pop hit, courtesy of Gary Puckett & the Union Gap, with "Woman Woman," which he'd co-authored with Jimmy Payne; and chart action from Liz Anderson's recording of "Thanks a Lot for Trying."
The Glaser brothers opened their own studio in Nashville, which became a locus for the "outlaw" movement in country music, a favorite hangout for Waylon Jennings, Bobby Bare, and Billy Joe Shaver. They placed a song into the underrated topical dramatic film Tick, Tick, Tick, starring Jim Brown and George Kennedy, and scored a big hit in 1971 with "Gone Girl." They won the Vocals Group of the Year Award from the Country Music Association in 1970 and enjoyed their first Top Ten single, "Rings," in 1971. The group only enjoyed two more years together, scoring two more hits, one of them -- "Ain't It All Worth Living For" -- backed by the London Symphony Orchestra.
After the brothers split up to work on their own projects, Jim emerged as a solo artist at MGM, charting minor hits with "Forgettin' 'Bout You" and "Woman Woman" in 1974 and 1975. Unfortunately, MGM Records had entered a period of steep decline from which it would never recover, and he had to wait until 1982, after signing with Noble Vision, to recapture momentum to his recording career. During the interim period, he was reunited with his brothers in Nebraska -- Chuck, who had suffered a stroke and temporarily lost his voice, had become a talent manager, handling singer/songwriter (and sometime novelist) Kinky Friedman, and Tompall managed the studio he'd founded. They were initially brought back together by the illness of their father, and they later had a musical reunion, which yielded a number three hit with their version of Kris Kristofferson's "Lovin' Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again)" and a Top 20 single with "Just One Time."
The brothers split up again professionally in 1982. That year Jim hit the Top 20 country listings with "When You're Not a Lady" for Noble Vision, and he had similar success a year later with "The Man in the Mirror," which became the title track of his first album for the label. "If I Could Only Dance With You" also made the Top Ten, and Glaser had his first number one hit in 1984 with "You're Gettin' to Me Again," which rode the charts for half a year.
Everything looked promising for Glaser's future, but the merger of Noble Vision with MCA in 1984 seemed a harbinger of bad times ahead. Glaser continued with the label, but enjoyed relatively little success from 1984 onward, and he was dropped by the company in 1985, despite his past success. More recently, Glaser has continued performing his own songs and also includes a "Tribute to Marty Robbins" (who passed on in 1982) in his concert set, a recognition of the years that he and his brothers put in working with the country music legend.
Jim Glaser passed away on April 6, 2019.

Talents : Vocals, Guitar

Style musical : Traditional Country, Country Pop, Urban Cowboy

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000 10 20


Singles & EP

1962 EP Starday SEP 193 (US)

The Jim Glaser Singers - Bill Bailey / Erie Canal / Worried Man Blues / Patsy Ory Ory Aye / Billy Boy / Little Brown Church In The Valley

11/1965 SP MONUMENT 45-909 (US)

I'd Rather Not Know / Outcast

03/1966 SP MONUMENT 45-924 (US)

My Mind And Me / The Wonderful World Of Love

11/1966 SP MONUMENT 45-985 (US)

Pair Of Loaded Dice / Thanks A Lot For Trying Anyway

08/1968 SP RCA VICTOR 47-9587 (US)

God Help You Woman / She Was Too Good To Me

12/1968 SP RCA VICTOR 47-9696 (US)

Please Take Me Back / Kiss Her Once For Me

04/1969 SP RCA VICTOR 74-0142 (US)

Can't Keep My Mind On The Game / I'm Not Through Loving You

08/1969 SP RCA VICTOR 74-0231 (US)

Molly / Permanent Kind Of Lovin' (From A Temporary man)

07/1973 SP MGM K 14590 (US)

I See His Love All Over You / It's Still A Long Way

03/1974 SP MGM M 14713 (US)

Pool Passin' Through / If It Pleases You

11/1974 SP MGM M 14758 (US)

Forgettin' About You / If It Pleases You

04/1975 SP MGM M 14798 (US)

One Two Three / One Night Man

10/1975 SP MGM M 14834 (US)

Turn To Me / Woman, Woman

10/1976 SP MCA MCA-40636 (US)

She's Free But She's Not Easy / Lonely Bein' Free

06/1977 SP MCA MCA-40742 (US)

Chasin' My Tail / Sleepin' Beauty

10/1977 SP MCA MCA-40813 (US)

Don't Let My Love Stand In Your Way / Honky Tonk Lady

10/1982 SP NOBLE VISION NV 101 (US)

When You're Not A Lady / I Don't Wanna Make Love

04/1983 SP NOBLE VISION NV 102 (US)

You Got Me Running / Pieces Of April

08/1983 SP NOBLE VISION NV 103 (US)

The Man In The Mirror / Pretend

01/1984 SP NOBLE VISION NV 104 (US)

If I Could Only Dance With You / Woman, Woman

05/1984 SP NOBLE VISION NV 105 (US)

You're Gettin' To Me Again / Stand By The Road

10/1984 SP NOBLE VISION NV 107 (US)

Let Me Down Easy / I'd Love To See You Again

06/1985 SP MCA MCA-52619 (US)

I'll Be Your Fool Tonight / A Tough Act To Follow

09/1985 SP MCA MCA-52672 (US)

In Another Minute / Merry-Go-Round

12/1985 SP MCA MCA-52748 (US)

If I Don't Love You / It's Not Easy

04/1986 SP MCA MCA-52808 (US)

The Lights Of Albuquerque / Waltzing Through A Rock 'n' Roll Life


11/1961 LP 12" Starday SLP-149 (US)

Old Time Christmas Singing - JIM GLASER SINGERS - Away In A Manger / We Three Kings / Angels We Have Heard On High / Silent Night / Christmas Song / Frosty The Snowman / Hark The Herald Angels Sing / Oh Come All Ye Faithful / Deck The Halls / Little Town Of Bethlehem / Jingle Bells / I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

1962 LP 12" Starday SLP-158 (US)

Just Looking For A Home - JIM GLASER & The Americana Folk Trio - Midnight Special / Boll Weevil / Poor Boy / Erie Canal / The Frozen Logger / Worried Man Blues / Dark As A Dungeon / Tom Dooley / The Riddle Song / The Dying Hobo / Careless Love / Bill Bailey

1964 LP 12" WYNCOTE W-9069 (mono) / SW-9069 (stereo) (US)

Country Spectacular, Live From the Stage in Nashville - Jim Glaser Singers - Blue Tail Fly / Little Brown Church In The Vale / Casey Jones / Billy Boy / Patsy-Ory-Ory-Aye / Frankie And Johnny / Foggy, Foggy Dew / Barbara Allen / Drill Ye Terriers / Wayfaring Stranger

10/1983 LP 12" NOBLE VISION NV-2001 (US) MAN IN THE MIRROR - When You're Not A Lady / You're Gettin' To Me Again / You Got Me Running / Pretend / Woman, Woman / I'd Love To See You Again / Close Friends / If I Could Only Dance With You / Let Me Down Easy / Stand By The Road / Man In The Mirror / The Lights Of Albuquerque
07/1985 LP 12" MCA MCA-5612 (US) PAST THE POINT OF NO RETURN - The Love Of My Woman / Early Morning Love / You Were Gone Before You Said Goodbye / I'll Be Your Fool Tonight / Past The Point Of No Return / In Another Minute / It's Not Easy / If I Don't Love You / Merry-Go-Round / Those Days / Tough Act To Follow
05/1986 LP 12" MCA MCA-5723 (US) EVERYBODY KNOWS I'M YOURS - The Tender Side / Just Another Rainy Day Love / The Lights Of Albuquerque / Patchwork Heart / Lovin' You's Become A Habit With Me / It's Really Comin' Down / Waltzing Through A Rock And Roll Life / Don't Let Me See Me Fall / Love Has Found A Heart / Everybody Knows I'm Yours
1986 CD COUNTRY STORE CST-016 (UK) THE VERY BEST OF JIM GLASER - The Love Of My Woman / Early Morning Love / You Were Gone Before You Said Goodbye / I'll Be Your Fool Tonight / Past The Point Of No Return / In Another Minute / It's Not Easy / If I Don't Love You / Merry-Go-Round / Those Days / Tough Act To Follow
06/2004 CD SOLITARE SR-2001 (US) ME AND MY DREAM - She's Free But She's Not Easy / If I Had You To Love Over Again / Mason-Dixon Line / Happy Hour Blues / Don't Say Love / I See His Love All Over You / United Airlines / When Will It Be My Turn / Who Were You Thinkin' Of / Georgia Sunshine / Hard Times

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