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Jimmy Clanton Had a Venus in Blue Jeans

JIMMY CLANTON, out of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, hit the charts in 1958 with, "Just A Dream," which topped out at #4 Pop and sold over a million copies. He was one of the first of the Teen Idols that would rcontinue through the late 50's and most of the 60's. They had names like, Fabian, Frankie Avalon, and Brian Hyland, and often looked more the part than sang well.

 

Jimmy scored 7 Top 40 Chart records, with 4 going Gold. His career was interrupted in 1961 when he was drafted into the Army (Yes, they drafted singers, starting with Elvis and while I was in Basic Training Ricky Nelson) and had two chart records while in the service. He was one of the few white artists to score big with the New Orleans R&B/R&R sound, and many of his hits also Made the R&B charts.

 

He was managed by legendary Crescent City Studio Owner and Engineer Cosimo Matassa, who was instrumental in the careers of most of the stars that came out of that area. Clanton was on American Bandstand quite a few times, and starred in a couple of Rock and Roll exploitation movies, like, "Teenage Millionaire," with music written by a young Dr. John. Fun Fact: He was known as: "The Swamp Pop R&B Teenage Idol," Here he is singing his 1962 Chart Topper, VENUS IN BLUEJEANS, with enhanced Sound and Video. @therealdonrocks

 

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