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Genres: Jazz, Pop, Rock, Soul/R&B

Jimmy Soul (August 24, 1942 - June 25, 1988) was an American vocalist. He is best remembered for his 1963 million selling recording, "If You Wanna Be Happy." Born James McCleese in Weldon, North Carolina, he performed gospel music as a teenager, later scouted by Frank Guida and recruited to sing songs handpicked for one of Guida's other hit artists, Gary U.S. Bonds. Soul only had two chart hit singles, both which were Bond's cast-offs, "Twistin' Matilda" in 1962 and the Billboard Hot 100 number one hit "If You Wanna Be Happy" (based on the calypso, "Ugly Woman", by Roaring Lion) in 1963. "If You Wanna Be Happy" sold over one million gramophone records, earning gold disc status. After unsucc... Continue Bio >>

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