Jimmy Soul was born James McCleese in Weldon, North Carolina. Handpicked as a teenager by Frank Guida who had set up a record shop called Frankie's Birdland on Church St in the city of Norfolk, Virginia and who was set upon making musical history. Jimmy was on the roster alongside the much more famous Gary U.S Bonds and he only ever had two chart hits, both which were Bond's cast-offs, 'Twistin' Matilda', in 1962 and the number one hit 'If You Wanna Be Happy' in 1963. He then gave up his career as a musician and joined the army.
He died in 1988 at the age of 45. This track can be found on the Ace Records 1996 CD 'The Very Best Of '.