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Jimmy Soul

Born on August 24, 1942 in Weldon, NC, Jimmy Soul became a preacher at the age of seven and performed gospel as a teenager, becoming known locally as "the Wonder Boy." His talent was noticed by Frank Guida, engineer of the legendary Norfolk sound, and was recruited to record some of the calypso-based songs that Guida had hand-picked for one of his other hit artists, Gary U.S. Bonds. Soul's only two charting hits were both Bonds' cast-offs, 1962's "Twistin' Matilda" and 1963's number one hit "If You Wanna Be Happy." That song, with its upbeat, vibrant Caribbean sound, was a huge success and prompted Soul to try to re-create the success of his hit with some fairly derivative West Indian songs such as "Treat 'Em Tough" and "A Woman Is Smarter in Every Kinda Way," but he failed to chart again and later joined the Army, giving up his career in music. He died of a heart attack on June 25, 1988, at the age of 45. ~ Stacia Proefrock
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Track List: If You Wanna Be Happy... The Very Best Of Jimmy Soul

1. If You Wanna Be Happy

2. I Can't Hold Out Any Longer

3. Some Kinda Nut

4. Twistin' Matilda (And The Channel)

5. Take Me To Los Angeles

9. Guess Things Happen That Way

11. Church Street In The Summertime

14. I Hate You Baby

18. Hands Off

19. I Love You So

21. I Need Your Love

22. Tell Me Why

23. Don't Release Me

24. When Matilda Comes Back

25. Go 'way Christina

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Crazy Mike. Headache.giv e me moving.clasi c rock.or Jay and the Americans. .....
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Sure can cook....LOL
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lavenderlili e
:)
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Jimmy who?
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Mermaids!!!! i never understood that movie!^▽^
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Love this song :)
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Great song
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I love this song :)
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plandad
This song always reminds me of the movie Mermaids
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it all depend ,every case is differnt..yo u might think you got a10 butwithin she's a 0 , that applies to us as well real beauty comes from within be devoted to each other n youll be happy.
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If you wanna be happy
For the rest of your life,
Never make a pretty woman your wife,
So from my personal point of view,
Get an ugly girl to marry you.
Haha
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My uncles favorite song when I was a kid ... I remeber him whenever I hear this song !
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janetempleto n
Forgot about Jimmy Soul. .

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