Jimmy was born in Arkansas, forming his first band whilst in school which was popular in local clubs. After meeting Ike Turner in St Louis, he stayed there performing & writing songs with Ike, enjoying great success. He has also worked vocally with John Lennon & The Rolling Stones amongst many others.
Jimmy was there when the IKE AND TINA TURNER REVIEW was formed.
He was the main male vocalist with his own spot in the show. He travelled and recorded extensively with them, touring Britain twice and the USA many times.
It wasn’t long before Ike recognised Jimmy’s song writing talent. “You can Go” was released on Sue Records the label owned by JUGGY MURRAY of New York.
“Jack Rabbit” (written by Jimmy Thomas and Ike Turner) and “The Darkest Hour” and more of Jimmy’s songs were released on some of Ike Turner’s labels. “Just Trying to Please You” c/w “Where There’s a Will (There’s a Way)”, as well as “He’s Alright With Me“ and “Your Kind (is no good)“ (Jimmy’s songs) were released on Mirwood Records. All of these releases did well.
During the second UK tour with the Ike and Tina Turner Review, the late DENNY CORDELL, who produced many artists such as Joe Cocker, J J Cale, Procul Harum and others, and TONY VISCONTI, invited Jimmy to return to London to learn record production under their auspices.
Another of Jimmy‘s productions and songs topped the NORTHERN SOUL charts. “The Beautiful Night”/”Above a Whisper” single was the first of Jimmy’s productions and “Where There’s a Will (There’s a Way)” also topped the NORTHERN SOUL charts. “The Beautiful Night” was re-recorded for 20th Century Records.
Jimmy produced an album of his own work, called “Abyss”, on Contempo International, a London label owned by JOHN ABBEY.
Since arriving in England, Jimmy has made several singles and has worked vocally with many, many artists – John Lennon, The Rolling Stones, Madness, Lloyd Cole and the Commotions – and the list goes on. He has also performed vocally in many successful TV and Radio advertisements.