I have been buying Mojo Magazine for many issues now, in fact since issue number one and I am so middle-aged that I now subscribe. The writing is excellent and challenges many preconceptions you may have about some artists or music. Anyway enough of that, I was reading the new issue (edited by Tom Waits no less) when I chanced upon a brief obituary for the great Jimmy Helms. If that is correct then it completely passed me by. I have also Googled him only to find no information about his demise. Wikipedia certainly has no mention of it, but then that doesn’t really mean much. So if anyone out there knows whether or not this is true then please let me know. If it is then I for one will be quite sad for a number of reasons. Jimmy had (or hopefully still has) a great voice and also if he is no longer with us why was that not in the news anywhere apart from Mojo? Clearly I’m not the only one who is perplexed, click here for more.
He was born in Florida in 1944 but had his biggest early successes in the UK. His first big break came with the UK top ten single “Gonna Make You An Offer You Can’t Refuse” in 1973. He had a significant resurgence in the late 80s and 90s as part of Londonbeat even reaching the top of the US charts with “I’ve Been Thinking About You” in 1990. Jimmy if you are gone you will be sadly missed and either way Mojo or Q or someone should publish a piece on you very soon. In the meantime enjoy a few more of Jimmy’s highlights.
Weird – I was just listening to “I’ve Been Thinking About You” the other day – I had no idea of Jimmy Helms at all. But I do love this song. Any clarification on his death – or not?
Hope this finds you well and enjoying your summer!!
Sadly I have no further news other the obituary in Mojo magazine.
The summer here has been pretty good so far.
Also loving Matt Smith as the new Dr Who, have you seen the new shows yet?
I have just been reading the current issue of Mojo (no. 201) and they have printed a retraction to the Jimmy Helms obituary from the last issue. So that means Jimmy is alive and well, which is very good news. However Mojo has stated that the reason for the story appearing in the first place “was the result of deliberate misinformation by persons unknown and was wholly incorrect. We would like to apologise for any upset caused” Whoever those persons unknown are they must be pretty malicious. Anyway I am very glad to hear that Jimmy is still with us and I would like to apologise for adding to any upset by posting about it