Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Jimmy Little

Artist: Jimmy Little
LP: 7" single
Song: "Royal Telephone"
[ listen ]

Jimmy "Honey Voice" Little sings: "You may talk to Jesus on the Royal Telephone," but of course he forgets to include the phone number! Aboriginal singer James O. Little, of the Yorta Yorta people, was born in Cummeragunja, New South Wales, Australia in 1937 to a musical family—his father led a vaudeville troupe and his mother was a yodeler! By age 16, Jimmy was headed off to Sydney to perform on a radio show and the rest, as they say, is history—which you can read here and here. Little had a big hit with "Royal Telephone," which scurried to the top of the charts all across Australia in 1963. The handsome, velvety-voiced singer also dabbled in acting, appearing in several films including Wim Wenders' UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD in 1991. Jimmy Little did not appear in A CRY IN THE DARK, starring Meryl Streep, though that's another movie set in Australia. It's sometimes (amongst the working classes) also known as "A Dingo Ate My Baby!" But I digress. You can see Jimmy Little performing a leisurely version of "Royal Telephone" on YouTube here:

Jimmy Little on YouTube:
[ "Royal Telephone" ] 

[ James Oswald "Jimmy" Little: March 1, 1937 — April 2, 2012 ]

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