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Donley, Jimmy

Born 1929 in Gulfport, Miss. Died in 1963.

References:

  • Johnnie Allan and Bernice Larson Webb. Born To Be A Loser: The Jimmy Donley Story. Lafayette, La.: Jadfel, 1992.
  • Newspaper ad, Daily World (Opelousas, La.), 1962/Oct. 26.
  • Feature article and sessionography in issue 72 (1999) of Rockin' Fifties.
  • Feature article in issue 123 (2010) of American Music.

Original Releases

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Discography is intended to be complete through 1964

Date & Source Label & Number Title & "As By" Name Matrix Comps
1957/May 27
Bb pop rev.
Decca (N.Y.) 9-30308  Pertinent Label shot Song sample Come Along — Jimmy Donley 45-101895+ Bullet Bear Family CD 16534 (#1)
Bullet Charly LP 30265 (#2)
Bullet MCA CD 11119 (#20)
    Pertinent Label shot Song sample Kickin' My Hound Around — Jimmy Donley 45-101894 Bullet Bear Family CD 16534 (#3)
Bullet Charly LP 30265 (#1)
1957/July 29
Bb c&w rev.
Decca (N.Y.) 9-30392  Pertinent Label shot Song sample Trail Of The Lonesome Pine — Jimmy Donley 102,780 Bullet Bear Family CD 16534 (#20)
    Pertinent Label shot Song sample South Of The Border — Jimmy Donley 102,779+ Bullet Bear Family CD 16534 (#19)
1958/Jan. 6
Bb pop rev.
Decca (N.Y.) 9-30519  Pertinent Label shot Song sample I Gotta Go — Jimmy Donley 102,781+ Bullet Bear Family CD 16534 (#18)
    Pertinent Label shot Song sample Baby How Long — Jimmy Donley 102,072 Bullet Bear Family CD 16534 (#4)
Bullet Charly LP 30265 (#11)
1958/Apr. 7
Bb pop rev.
Decca (N.Y.) 9-30574  Pertinent Label shot Song sample Please Baby Come Home — Jimmy Donley With The Anita Kerr Singers 103,771+ Bullet Bear Family CD 16534 (#5)
Bullet Charly LP 30265 (#4)
    Borderline Label shot Song sample Born To Be A Loser — Jimmy Donley With The Anita Kerr Singers 103,770 Bullet Bear Family CD 16534 (#6)
Bullet Charly LP 30265 (#9)
1958/Sept. 15
Bb pop rev.
Decca (N.Y.) 9-30738  Pertinent Label shot Song sample Radio, Jukebox And T.V. — Jimmy Donley 105,532 Bullet Bear Family CD 16534 (#7)
Bullet Charly LP 30265 (#3)
Bullet Fantastic Voyage CD 098 (#13)
    Borderline Label shot Song sample I'm Alone — Jimmy Donley 105,531+ Bullet Bear Family CD 16534 (#8)
Bullet Bear Family CD 16534 (#24)
Bullet Charly LP 30265 (#12)
1959/Apr. 27
Bb pop rev.
Decca (N.Y.) 9-30887  Pertinent Label shot Song sample The Shape You Left Me In — Jimmy Donley 106,961+ Bullet Bear Family CD 16534 (#9)
Bullet Charly LP 30265 (#8)
Bullet Eagle LP 323 (#14)
Bullet Sheik LP 506 (#12)
    Pertinent Label shot Song sample What Must I Do — Jimmy Donley 106,962 Bullet Bear Family CD 16534 (#11)
Bullet Charly LP 30265 (#13)
Bullet Lesley CD 3 (#11)
1959/Nov. 16
Bb pop rev.
Decca (N.Y.) 9-31005  Pertinent Label shot Song sample Now I Know — Jimmy Donley 107,863 Bullet Bear Family CD 16534 (#13)
Bullet Charly LP 30265 (#5)
    Borderline Label shot Song sample I Can't Love You (Like You Want Me To Do) — Jimmy Donley 107,864+ Bullet Bear Family CD 16534 (#14)
Bullet Charly LP 30265 (#6)
1960/June 27
Bb pop rev.
Decca (N.Y.) 9-31116  Pertinent Label shot Song sample Our Love — Jimmy Donley 109,060+ Bullet Bear Family CD 16534 (#15)
Bullet Charly LP 30265 (#14)
    Borderline Label shot Song sample My Baby's Gone — Jimmy Donley 109,062 Bullet Bear Family CD 16534 (#17)
Bullet Charly LP 30265 (#7)
1962/Oct. 13
Bb pop rev.
Tear Drop (Texas)  3002  Borderline Label shot Please Mr. Sandman — Kenny James TD-501 Bullet Ace CD 1324 (#2)
Bullet Norton CD 597 (#1)
Bullet Starflite LP 2002 (#5)
    Borderline Label shot A Woman's Gonna Have Her Way — Kenny James TD-500 Bullet Ace CD 1324 (#1)
1962/Oct. 6
Bb pop rev.
Tear Drop (Texas)  3005  No rating Label shot Honey Stop Twistin' — Jimmy Donley TD-506 Bullet Ace CD 1324 (#3)
    No rating Label shot Hello Remember Me — Jimmy Donley TD-507 Bullet Ace CD 1324 (#4)
Bullet Starflite LP 2002 (#2)
1962/Nov.
(Bb est.)
Tear Drop (Texas)  3007  No rating Label shot Think It Over — Jimmy Donley TD 511 Bullet Ace CD 1324 (#5)
Bullet Starflite LP 2002 (#7)
    No rating Label shot Santa! Don't Pass Me By — Jimmy Donley TD 510 Bullet Ace CD 1324 (#7)
1962-63
(Bb est.)
Tear Drop (Texas)  3007  No rating Label shot Think It Over — Jimmy Donley TD-511  
    No rating Label shot Forever Lillie Mae — Jimmy Donley TD-512 Bullet Ace CD 1324 (#6)
1962/Dec. 15
Bb c&w rev.
Chess (Ill.)  1843  No rating Label shot Think It Over — Jimmy Donley U-12022  
    No rating Label shot Forever Lilymae — Jimmy Donley U-12078  
1962/Dec.
(Bb est.)
Tear Drop (Texas)  3009  No rating Label shot Loving Cajun Style — Jimmy Donley TD-515 Bullet Ace CD 1324 (#9)
Bullet Starflite LP 2002 (#10)
    No rating Label shot Baby Heaven Sent Me You — Jimmy Donley TD-514 Bullet Ace CD 1324 (#8)
1963/Aug.
(Bb est.)
Tear Drop (Texas)  3017  No rating Label shot You're Why I'm So Lonely — Jimmy Donley TD-JD-1 Bullet Ace CD 1324 (#10)
Bullet Starflite LP 2002 (#11)
    No rating Label shot Let Me Told You — Jimmy Donley TD-JD-2 Bullet Ace CD 1324 (#11)
1963/Oct.
(Bb est.)
Tear Drop (Texas)  3021  No rating Label shot Santa! Please Don't Pass Me By — Jimmy Donley TD-510 Bullet Starflite LP 2002 (#4)
    No rating Label shot Santa's Alley — Jimmy Donley TD-JD-SA Bullet Ace CD 1324 (#20)
1964/Jan.
(Bb est.)
Tear Drop (Texas)  3026  No rating Label shot I Really Got The Blues — Jimmy Donley TD-JD-4 Bullet Ace CD 1324 (#13)
    No rating Label shot Just A Game — Jimmy Donley TD-JD-3 Bullet Ace CD 1324 (#12)
1964/June
(Bb est.)
Tear Drop (Texas)  3034  No rating Label shot I'm Lonesome Without The Blues — Jimmy Donley TD-JD-2 Bullet Ace CD 1324 (#15)
    No rating Label shot Forget The Past — Jimmy Donley TD-JD-1 Bullet Ace CD 1324 (#14)
Bullet Norton CD 597 (#15)
Bullet Starflite LP 2002 (#12)
1965
(Bb est.)
Tear Drop (Texas)  3051  No rating Label shot Love Bug — Jimmy Donley 1378 Bullet Ace CD 1324 (#17)
    No rating Label shot I'm To Blame — Jimmy Donley 1377 Bullet Ace CD 1324 (#16)
Bullet Starflite LP 2002 (#9)
1966
(est.)
Tear Drop (Texas)  3119  No rating Label shot My Forbidden Love — Jimmy Donley LH-2719 Bullet Ace CD 1324 (#19)
Bullet Norton CD 597 (#18)
    No rating Label shot Strange Strange Feeling — Jimmy Donley LH-2718 Bullet Ace CD 1324 (#18)
Bullet Norton CD 597 (#19)
 
 
Crazy Cajun (Texas)  9001  No rating Think It Over — Jimmy Donley   Bullet Norton CD 597 (#5)
    No rating Santa! Please Don't Pass Me By — Jimmy Donley   Bullet Norton CD 597 (#11)
 
 
Crazy Cajun (Texas)  9002  No rating Forever Lillie Mae — Jimmy Donley   Bullet Norton CD 597 (#6)
Bullet Starflite LP 2002 (#3)
    No rating I Still Care — Jimmy Donley    
 
 
Crazy Cajun (Texas) 45-9003  No rating Label shot I'm To Blame — Jimmy Donley (Alais Kenny James A Bullet Norton CD 597 (#16)
    No rating Label shot Love Bug — Jimmy Donley (Alais Kenny James B Bullet Norton CD 597 (#17)
 
 
Crazy Cajun (Texas) 45-9004  No rating Label shot I Really Got The Blues — Jimmy Donley (Alais Kenny James B Bullet Norton CD 597 (#12)
    No rating Label shot Just A Game — Jimmy Donley (Alais Kenny James A Bullet Norton CD 597 (#13)
 
 
Crazy Cajun (Texas) 45-9005  No rating Label shot Let Me Told You — Jimmy Donley (Alais Kenny James B Bullet Norton CD 597 (#9)
    No rating Label shot You're Why I'm So Lonely — Jimmy Donley (Alais Kenny James A Bullet Norton CD 597 (#10)
 
 
Crazy Cajun (Texas) 45-9006  No rating Label shot Baby! Heaven Sent Me You — Jimmy Donley (Alais Kenny James A Bullet Norton CD 597 (#8)
    No rating Label shot Door To My Heart — Jimmy Donley (Alais Kenny James B  
 
 
Crazy Cajun (Texas) 45-9007  No rating Label shot Hello! Remember Me — Jimmy Donley (Alais Kenny James B Bullet Norton CD 597 (#3)
    No rating Label shot A Woman's Gonna Have Her Way — Jimmy Donley (Alais Kenny James A Bullet Norton CD 597 (#2)
 
 
Crazy Cajun (Texas)  9008  No rating Honey Stop Twistin' — Jimmy Donley   Bullet Norton CD 597 (#4)
    No rating Please Mr. Sandman — Jimmy Donley    
 
 
Crazy Cajun (Texas) 45-9009  No rating Label shot Baby Ain't That Love — Jimmy Donley (Alais Kenny James B Bullet Starflite LP 2002 (#6)
    No rating Label shot Loving Cajun Style — Jimmy Donley (Alais Kenny James A Bullet Norton CD 597 (#7)
 
 
Crazy Cajun (Texas) 45-9010  No rating Label shot Born To Be A Loser — Jimmy Donley (Alais Kenny James B Bullet Norton CD 597 (#26)
Bullet Starflite LP 2002 (#1)
    No rating Label shot Now I Know — Jimmy Donley (Alais Kenny James A  
Original LPs
 
 
Tear Drop (Texas) LPM3002 
Memorial To The Unforgettable Jimmy Donley [mono]
No rating Forever Lillie Mae — Jimmy Donley    
    No rating I'm To Blame — Jimmy Donley    
    No rating Forget The Past — Jimmy Donley    
    No rating Hello! Remember Me — Jimmy Donley    
    No rating Loving Cajun Style — Jimmy Donley    
    No rating Baby Ain't That Love — Jimmy Donley    
    No rating Please Mr. Sandman — Jimmy Donley    
    No rating Santa! Please Don't Pass Me By — Jimmy Donley    
    No rating That's The Way It's Gonna Be — Jimmy Donley   Bullet Starflite LP 2002 (#8)
    No rating Think It Over — Jimmy Donley    
    No rating Born To Be A Loser — Jimmy Donley    
    No rating You're Why I'm So Lonely — Jimmy Donley    
Unissued Tracks
1957
 
Decca (N.Y.)  uniss.  No rating Child Love [vers. 1] — Jimmy Donley 101893 Bullet Bear Family CD 16534 (#2)
    No rating Child Love [vers. 2] — Jimmy Donley 103772 Bullet Bear Family CD 16534 (#21)
Bullet Charly LP 30265 (#15)
 
 
Decca (N.Y.)  uniss.  No rating I'm Alone [alt. vers.] — Jimmy Donley   Bullet Bear Family CD 16534 (#25)
    No rating Radio, Jukebox And T.V. [alt. vers.] — Jimmy Donley   Bullet Bear Family CD 16534 (#23)
1959
 
Decca (N.Y.)  uniss.  No rating Arleeta [vers. 1] — Jimmy Donley 106960 Bullet Bear Family CD 16534 (#10)
    No rating Arleeta [vers. 2] — Jimmy Donley   Bullet Bear Family CD 16534 (#22)
    No rating Give Me My Freedom — Jimmy Donley 107862 Bullet Bear Family CD 16534 (#12)
Bullet Charly LP 30265 (#10)
1960
 
Decca (N.Y.)  uniss.  No rating I've Been There — Jimmy Donley 109061 Bullet Bear Family CD 16534 (#16)
1962-63
 
Tear Drop (Texas)  uniss.  No rating Ain't Nobody's Business [vers. 1] — Jimmy Donley   Bullet Edsel CD 597 (#4)
    No rating Ain't Nobody's Business [vers. 2] — Jimmy Donley   Bullet Edsel CD 597 (#21)
    No rating Baby Ain't That Love [alt. vers.] — Jimmy Donley   Bullet Ace CD 1324 (#24)
    No rating Domino Twist — Jimmy Donley   Bullet Norton CD 597 (#22)
    No rating The Domino Twist (Dance With Mr. Domino) — Jimmy Donley   Bullet Ace CD 1324 (#44)
    No rating Don't Fall In Love — Jimmy Donley   Bullet Ace CD 1324 (#48)
    No rating Don't Tell Me — Jimmy Donley   Bullet Edsel CD 597 (#12)
    No rating Don't You Know — Jimmy Donley   Bullet Ace CD 1324 (#49)
    No rating Forever Lillie Mae [alt. vers.] — Jimmy Donley   Bullet Ace CD 1324 (#32)
    No rating Four Dried Beans [vers. 1] — Jimmy Donley   Bullet Edsel CD 597 (#13)
    No rating Four Dried Beans [vers. 2] — Jimmy Donley   Bullet Edsel CD 597 (#20)
    No rating Gonna Make My Home Where I Hang My Hat — Jimmy Donley   Bullet Edsel CD 597 (#1)
    No rating The Hip Hop — Jimmy Donley   Bullet Edsel CD 597 (#15)
    No rating Honey Stop Twistin' [alt. vers.] — Jimmy Donley   Bullet Ace CD 1324 (#29)
    No rating Hurt Hurt Hurt [vers. 1] — Jimmy Donley   Bullet Edsel CD 597 (#6)
    No rating Hurt Hurt Hurt [vers. 2] — Jimmy Donley   Bullet Edsel CD 597 (#17)
    No rating I Need You — Jimmy Donley   Bullet Ace CD 1324 (#50)
    No rating I Really Got The Blues [alt. vers.] — Jimmy Donley   Bullet Ace CD 1324 (#36)
    No rating I Still Care [alt. vers.] — Jimmy Donley   Bullet Ace CD 1324 (#25)
Bullet Ace CD 1324 (#51)
    No rating I'll Keep On Movin' — Jimmy Donley   Bullet Ace CD 1324 (#56)
    No rating I'm Lonesome Without The Blues — Jimmy Donley   Bullet Norton CD 597 (#14)
    No rating I'm Lonesome Without The Blues [alt. vers.] — Jimmy Donley   Bullet Ace CD 1324 (#21)
    No rating I'm To Blame [alt. vers.] — Jimmy Donley   Bullet Ace CD 1324 (#22)
    No rating I've Gotta Go Home — Jimmy Donley   Bullet Edsel CD 597 (#5)
    No rating If I Knew You Didn't Know Better — Jimmy Donley   Bullet Ace CD 1324 (#52)
    No rating If That's The Way You Want It — Jimmy Donley   Bullet Ace CD 1324 (#42)
    No rating It's Time To Say Goodbye — Jimmy Donley   Bullet Ace CD 1324 (#55)
    No rating It's You I'm Missing AKA But What Can I Do — Jimmy Donley   Bullet Ace CD 1324 (#46)
    No rating Johnny Ace Medley [vers. 1] — Jimmy Donley   Bullet Edsel CD 597 (#9)
    No rating Johnny Ace Medley [vers. 2] — Jimmy Donley   Bullet Edsel CD 597 (#18)
    No rating Just A Game [alt. vers.] — Jimmy Donley   Bullet Ace CD 1324 (#35)
    No rating Let Me Told You [alt. vers.] — Jimmy Donley   Bullet Ace CD 1324 (#34)
    No rating Little Cajun — Jimmy Donley   Bullet Ace CD 1324 (#43)
    No rating Little Coquette — Jimmy Donley   Bullet Edsel CD 597 (#11)
    No rating Love Bug [alt. vers.] — Jimmy Donley   Bullet Ace CD 1324 (#23)
    No rating Loving Cajun Style [alt. vers.] — Jimmy Donley   Bullet Ace CD 1324 (#33)
    No rating Mathilda — Jimmy Donley   Bullet Ace CD 1324 (#40)
    No rating Message To Huey/A Woman's Gotta Have Her Way [alt. vers.] — Jimmy Donley   Bullet Ace CD 1324 (#27)
    No rating Oh How It Hurts — Jimmy Donley   Bullet Norton CD 597 (#25)
    No rating Our Last Goodbye — Jimmy Donley   Bullet Ace CD 1324 (#47)
    No rating Please Mr. Sandman [alt. vers.] — Jimmy Donley   Bullet Ace CD 1324 (#28)
    No rating Rockin' Bicycle — Jimmy Donley   Bullet Ace CD 1324 (#41)
Bullet Norton CD 597 (#20)
    No rating Rose Mary — Jimmy Donley   Bullet Ace CD 1324 (#45)
    No rating Santa! Don't Pass Me By [alt. vers.] — Jimmy Donley   Bullet Ace CD 1324 (#30)
    No rating Slow Walk You Down — Jimmy Donley   Bullet Edsel CD 597 (#8)
    No rating Somethin' You Got — Jimmy Donley   Bullet Edsel CD 597 (#7)
    No rating Spare Me The Details — Jimmy Donley   Bullet Ace CD 1324 (#39)
    No rating Stealing [vers. 1] — Jimmy Donley   Bullet Edsel CD 597 (#2)
    No rating Stealing [vers. 2] — Jimmy Donley   Bullet Edsel CD 597 (#16)
    No rating Stop The Clock — Jimmy Donley   Bullet Ace CD 1324 (#38)
Bullet Norton CD 597 (#23)
    No rating Think It Over [alt. vers.] — Jimmy Donley   Bullet Ace CD 1324 (#31)
    No rating Tribute To Sam Cooke [vers. 1] — Jimmy Donley   Bullet Edsel CD 597 (#10)
    No rating Tribute To Sam Cooke [vers. 2] — Jimmy Donley   Bullet Edsel CD 597 (#19)
    No rating Two Sides To The Story Of Love — Jimmy Donley   Bullet Ace CD 1324 (#26)
Bullet Ace CD 1324 (#53)
Bullet Norton CD 597 (#24)
    No rating Wake Up Little Susie — Jimmy Donley   Bullet Edsel CD 597 (#14)
    No rating What A Price — Jimmy Donley   Bullet Ace CD 1324 (#37)
Bullet Norton CD 597 (#21)
    No rating Workin' Man's Blues — Jimmy Donley   Bullet Edsel CD 597 (#3)
    No rating You're Lonely Too — Jimmy Donley   Bullet Ace CD 1324 (#54)

Collector-Oriented Compilation LPs and CDs Containing Tracks

1985Eagle (Germany) 323LPRock 'N Roll Party, Vol. 1
1986Charly (England) CR 30265LPGive Me My Freedom / Jimmy Donley
1994MCA 11119CDDecca Rock & Roll Collection
1999Edsel (England) EDCD 597CDBorn To Be A Loser: The Crazy Cajun Recordings / Jimmy Donley
Norton (United States) 597CDBorn To Be A Loser: The Crazy Cajun Recordings / Jimmy Donley
2011Ace (England) CDTOP2 1324CDIn the Key Of Heartbreak: The Complete Teardrop Singles And More / Jimmy Donley
Fantastic Voyage (England) FVTD 098CDSassy Sugar: The Pure Essence Of Nashville Rock & Roll
year?Bear Family (Germany) BCD 16534CDThe Shape You Left Me In / Jimmy Donley
Lesley LESCD 3CDThe Lost Story Of The Rock-A-Ballad, Vol. 2
Sheik (Spain) LP 506LPSaints And Sinners, Vol. 6
Starflite LP 2002LPBorn To Be A Loser / Jimmy Donley


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