About Jimmy Helms


Jimmy is born in 1941 in north of Florida.

His grandfather is no ordinary man. He is black Seminole Indian and a preacher.

This temperate man teaches him, among many ideals, the value of determination.

The young boy will never forget it.

An old red radio, magic gift from his aunt, causes a kind of revolution in the family home...

Jimmy listens to it without respite.

Firstly, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, singing spirituals and playing guitar like Jimi Hendrix...

and then it is Johnny Ace, Jesse Belvin, Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson ... the birth of R&B.

And this is a revelation!

Against all odds and family advice, he definitely wants to play his life thru music, dreaming to make his own way

with that freedom of expression.

Then one day a trumpet comes back from school...A trumpet he vows to master.

Moving to Columbus (Ohio), finishing university, it is then the beginning of an “amazing journey”.

His first ever single was “Susie’s Gone” with Sue Records in 1963.

First shows with the Carl Salle band, discovering Boston and finally staying there with long term contracts; later in the US army, joining the Fort Jackson Army Band.

He was happy trumpeter in the backing band until seeing it was the singer out front who was getting all the girls!

And he has the charisma and the voice for it, with a 3 ½-4 octave range!

As a singer, aiming to express his own feelings, he learns guitar and basic chords to write songs.

Following up with several more singles and a first self titled album on Oracle, his own label.

Attracted by all he heard about the "buzzing" London of the late 60’s – early 70’s,

he opens a new door going there to release “If You Let Me”.

He discovers a free atmosphere where anything can happen, where any dream can come true.

Intuition is quickly confirmed because Jimmy needed just one session in Majestic studios to impress and inspire John Worth who took him directly to Essex Music to sign with Cube Records.

The forever famous " Gonna Make You An Offer " (his 2nd track released on that label) changed his life and made his name.

A rich and fruitful collaboration, singles following one after another, showing each time Jimmy's B side compositions and leading to an album (compilation of all his recordings from 72 to 75) released in 1975.

This same year, he also recorded a new album “Songs I Sing” including the film Black Joy’s soundtrack with Pye Records.

Open-minded, curious and perfectionist, Jimmy takes advantage of the talent that allows him to move with ease and confidence from soul to country and from rock to straight pop through various collaborations with other artists,

performing on soundtracks, meeting people from different worlds and feeding on all these experiences

… as a bonus.

Partnering with Jimmy Chambers and George Chandler on several events makes it somehow inevitable that they join up for further projects.

Three voices merging into a truly special harmony, a “fourth musketeer” aka Willy M, arriving with a guitar and a rock touch… and thus emerges the dawn of a new adventure named Londonbeat.

The wealth of this explosive combination is the perfect backing for Jimmy's lead voice.

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