Sunday, June 17, 2012

Jimmy Elledge, a Chet Atkins Discovery, Has Died At Age 69

Jimmy Elledge died Sunday, June 10, 2012 of complications following a stroke. He was 69. Jimmy was singing at a nightclub in Biloxi, Mississippi at the age of 18 when he sent a demo tape to Chet Atkins. Chet liked what he heard and was instrumental in getting Jimmy signed to RCA Records.

"Funny How Time Slips Away", a tune written by Willie Nelson and produced by Chet, became his only hit, reaching #22 on the pop charts in 1962 but suprisingly striking out on the country charts. Jimmy never charted with another pop record but did manage to reach #95 on the country charts 13 years later with "One By One." He continued to entertain and record until his stroke.