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Venus In Blue Jeans
#7 in 1962
|Jimmy Clanton was born September 2, 1940, in Baton Rouge,
Louisiana. He became known as the "swamp pop R&B teenage idol".
His band recorded a hit song "Just A Dream" which Clanton had
written in 1958 for the Ace Records label. It reached number four on the
Billboard chart and sold a million copies. Clanton performed on Dick
Clark's American Bandstand and toured with popular artists like Fats
Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis and The Platters. His records charted in the Top
40 seven times, his Top 10 records were: the doo-wop song "Just a
Dream," (Pop #4, R&B #1 in August 1958, credited to 'Jimmy
Clanton and His Rockets'), "Go Jimmy Go" (peaked at number
five in late 1959) and "Venus in Blue Jeans" (written by
Howard Greenfield and Jack Keller). He even continued to release hits
after he was drafted into the United States Army in 1961, serving for
two years. Clanton starred in a rock and roll movie produced by Alan
Freed called Go Johnny Go.
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