There Was Sugar in Jimmy's Shack

One thing about the early days of Rock, there were always "Feel Good" records. You'd be driving along in your car and when one of these came on the radio you'd crank it up and sing along, feelin' good. John Hale has the story. -- TDR

The Fireballs came out of Raton, New Mexico in the late fifties, headed to Norman Petty's recording studio in Clovis, New Mexico, which had been made famous as the studio where Buddy Holly recorded his early hits, and the Fireballs themselves recorded a series of intrumentals that hit the charts. Their best-known singles were Torquay, Bulldog, and Quite A Party.

Early in the sixties, several members of the Fireballs left the group, and leader George Tomsco reformed the group with some new members, including singer Jimmy Gilmer, who'd been raised in Amarillo, Texas. The group changed labels, and scored very big with their first release on their new label, Dot Records. The bouncy, guitar-driven "Sugar Shack" quickly climbed the Billboard Hot 100 charts in 1963, in the days just before the British Invasion of the Beatles and other groups. Sugar Shack became so popular that it spent five weeks in 1963 at Number One. This is Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs, and Sugar Shack.

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