Jimmy Donley (August 17, 1929 - March 20, 1963) was an American singer-songwriter.
James Kenneth Donley, a native of Gulfport, Mississippi, began his musical career playing in local bars. He served briefly in the Army before being discharged on psychological grounds, then revived his musical career.
Donley wrote many songs, such as "Born To Be A Loser", that went on to be hits by other artists, including Fats Domino and Jerry Lee Lewis. Some of his songs were credited to Rev. J. Charles Jessup, a preacher to whom Donley sold the rights to his output.
Married six times, and prone to bouts of both heavy drinking and domestic violence, Donley saw his musical career decline in the early 1960s. At the age of 33, he committed suicide, by asphyxiating himself with his car's exhaust fumes.
Lillie Mae Ugas Donley, wife till his death. They are laid to rest next to each other in Saucier,Mississippi.
On June 25, 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed Jimmy Donley among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.
Birth and Death Data: Born August 17th, 1929, Died March 20th, 1963
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1957 - 1960
Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Decca||NA 9700||2/26/1957||Child love||Jimmy Donley||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 9701||2/26/1957||Baby how long-1, 2||Jimmy Donley||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 9702||2/26/1957||Kickin' my hound around-2||Jimmy Donley||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 9703||2/26/1957||Come along||Jimmy Donley||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 9856||6/26/1957||South of the border||Jimmy Donley||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 9857||6/26/1957||The trail of the lonesome pine||Jimmy Donley||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 9858||6/26/1957||I gotta go||Jimmy Donley||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 10011||11/21/1957||Born to be a loser-1||Jimmy Donley||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 10012||11/21/1957||Please baby come home||Jimmy Donley||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 10013||11/21/1957||Child love||Jimmy Donley||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 10365||8/12/1958||I'm alone-1||Jimmy Donley||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 10366||8/12/1958||Radio, jukebox and T.V.-2||Jimmy Donley||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 10664||3/27/1959||Arleeta||Jimmy Donley||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 10665||3/27/1959||The shape you left me in||Jimmy Donley||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 10666||3/27/1959||What must I do||Jimmy Donley||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 10804||7/30/1959||Give me my freedom||Jimmy Donley||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 10805||7/30/1959||Now I know||Jimmy Donley||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 10806||7/30/1959||I can't love you||Jimmy Donley||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 11096||4/14/1960||Our love||Jimmy Donley||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 11097||4/14/1960||I've been there||Jimmy Donley||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 11098||4/14/1960||My baby's gone||Jimmy Donley||vocalist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Donley, Jimmy," accessed November 27, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/312618.
Donley, Jimmy. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 27, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/312618.
"Donley, Jimmy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 27 November 2021.
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