Jimmy McCracklin was born James Walker on August 13, 1921 in Helena, Arkansas. A Blues singer/harmonica player and songwriter who first recorded for Globe Records in 1945. His own band, The Blues Blasters, in 1949. Jimmy was also a professional boxer in the mid 1940’s.
His first charted hit was the huge Pop and R&B hit record…”THE WALK” on Checker Records (885) in 1958. The single charted first on the Billboard Pop chart on February 24, 1958 and on the Billboard R&B chart on March 10, 1958. On the Pop chart Jimmy’s record became a #7 hit and remained on the chart for 16 weeks. He would chart at #5 on the R&B chart and remain on the chart for 8 weeks. The flip side of the single record was…”I’M TO BLAME”, it did not chart.
He would have 4 more Billboard Hot 100 hits. None of them would reach the popularity of “THE WALK”. Jimmy would do much better on the R&B charts through the years, two more singles would become Top 10 hits, they are…”JUST GO TO KNOW” #2 in 1961 (Art-tone 825) and “THINK” in 1965, #7 (Imperial 66129). He would chart a total of 7 R&B Top 40 hits between 1958 and 1966. His classic single, “THE WALK” remains the biggest of his hits…why this tune has become LOST GOLD…is a puzzle. Maybe it’s because modern radio has forgotten the hits and the hit makers that made this wonderful music…WE HAVE NOT!!!
“THE GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK AND ROLL” is proud to present both sides of this classic recording for you to enjoy and “Remember”.
Till the next time…Joe (JoeT)