ABOUT JIMMY C. NEWMAN
Inducted into the North American Country Music
Association's International Hall of Fame in 2000,
the Cajun Hall of Fame in 2004, and the
Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2009; Grammy
nominated, Jimmy C. Newman is undoubtedly a
true legendary music pioneer.
Born Jimmy Yeve Newman on August 29, 1927
in High Point, Louisiana just outside Big Mamou,
he is known world wide as Jimmy C. Newman
(C stands for Cajun.) Though raised true Cajun,
it was the cowboy music of his boyhood hero
Gene Autry that got him started singing with
bands and performing through out Southwest
As a member of Chuck Guillory's Rhythm Boys,
a band he joined while still a teenager, he was
adding several Cajun songs to his repertoire.
Jimmy recorded songs in the late 1940s for J.D.
Miller's Feature label. J.D. was later
instrumental in convincing Nashville legend
Fred Rose to give Jimmy a chance in Nashville.
As a singer, songwriter, and guitarist he signed a record deal with Dot Records in 1953 and scored a hit the following year with a song he co-wrote "Cry, Cry, Darling". It reached #4 on the Billboard country charts. This was to become the first of 33 career hits to land on Billboard charts.
His next 4 songs all hit the top 10..."Daydreamin'," "Blue Darlin'," "God Was So Good" and "Seasons Of My Heart". Jimmy became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1956 and released "A Fallen Star" the following year. The single spent a total of 21 weeks on the country chart, including two weeks at #2 and also entered the pop Top 25. After 7 hits on Dot records, he signed with MGM Records in 1958.
"You're Makin' a Fool Out of Me" was the first of 8 hits on MGM before moving on to Decca Records. He began to integrate Cajun influences into songs like the 1961 release of "Alligator Man" and a year later, "Bayou Talk."
His 1963 album FOLK SONGS OF THE BAYOU COUNTRY is considered a historic milestone in the popularization of Cajun music. It included the talents of accordion player Shorty LeBlanc as well as Rufus Thibodeaux on fiddle. The album produced songs like "Jolé Blon", "Louisiana Moonlight", "Pretty Mary Ann" and "Grand Chenier" which he wrote.
Among his 14 hits on Decca was "D.J. for a Day", released in December of 1963, it went to #9. The song was written by an "unknown" songwriter signed to Jimmy's song publishing company. The writer was Tom T. Hall and the song was his first recorded hit. Other songs to note on Decca were "Artificial Rose" a #8 hit released in October 1965, and the top 10 hit "Back Pocket Money" from spring of 1966 (both Tom T. Hall songs).
Other labels he has recorded for include Rounder, RCA, Plantation, La Louisiane, and Delta.
Jimmy C. Newman traveled the world singing his unique style of Cajun-Country music and will forever be a legendary pioneer of music. He performed weekly at the Grand Ole Opry up until 2 weeks before his death. His last performance was June 6, 2014 with his band Cajun Country. Jimmy C. Newman August 29, 1927 - June 21, 2014
(C) Cajun Country for Jimmy C. Newman.
This site created by permission in conjunction with and for Jimmy C. Newman by Shannon McCombs
Photo by: Chris Hollo
For: The Grand Ole Opry.
"Cajun Country" The Jimmy C. Newman Band
Left to Right Bessyl Duhon,
Randy Mason, Jimmy C. Newman,
Dan Drilling & Kenny Sears