|Genres:||Doo Wop Pop / Rock R&B / Soul|
|Tags:||soul 60s oldies male vocalists rhythm and blues jazz piano rnb|
|Decades:||1960s 1990s 2000s|
2 June 1937, Birmingham, Alabama, USA. Some sources state 1942 as his year of birth. Jones, who had spent a long apprenticeship singing in R&B doo-wop groups, became a rock n roll star in the early 60s singing Handy Man and other hits with a dramatic and piercingly high falsetto. He began his career as a tap dancer, and in 1955 joined a vocal group, the Sparks Of Rhythm. In 1956 Jones formed his own group, the Savoys, which were renamed the Pretenders in 1956. With all these groups, tracks were recorded in the prevailing doo-wop manner but with no discernible success beyond a few local radio plays in the New York/New Jersey area. Success finally came when Jones launched a solo career, signing with MGM Records Cub subsidiary in 1959 and hitting with his debut, Handy Man (number 3 R&B/number 2 pop chart in 1960). Retaining the same falsetto style, he followed up with Good Timin (number 8...