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Jimmie Skinner
Born:  April 29, 1909
Died:  October 27, 1979
WCKY Cincinnati, OH
WHPD Mt. Orab, OH
WHTN Huntington, WV
WMOH Hamilton, OH
WNOP Newport, KY
WROL Knoxville, TN

Songwriter, singer Jimmie Skinner was born on a farm near Berea, Kentucky. His early influence in hillbilly music like many folks then was Jimmie Rodgers. Later on, Jimmie's family moved to Hamilton, Ohio where as recently as the mid-1950s, he still made his home.

Jimmie recorded on several labels. His first recordings appeared on the Radio Artist label. From there, he moved to Capitol records for a couple of years. Later, he moved to the Decca label.

Jimmie was also a bit of a business person. When he was in Ohio, he started up a large record store with his manager, Lou Epstein called "Jimmie Skinner Music Center" that was located at 222 East 5th Street in Cincinnati, Ohio. Jimmie's store specialized in country and gospel recordings and was reported to have one of the largest selections to be found. They said their customers came from servicemen overseas and other regular buyers from remote places such as Hollywood, Alaska, Japan, Canada and other countries. This shop was located just across the street from the Greyhound bus station and only a block from the WCKY studios, so you know visitors to Cincinnati found his store.

From his store, Jimmie had a regular daily show from 9:00 to 10:00am, Monday through Friday and from 12:00 noon to 1:00pm every Saturday over radio station WNOP out of Newport, Kentucky.

To give you an idea of how far a dollar went back then. Jimmie had a fan club at the time that was run by Mrs. Lillian Munz. The dues were all of $1.00. For that $1.00, you got three fan club journals, an autographed picture of Jimmie and a membership card.

One of Jimmie's band members was a long time member and added a distinct sound that was heard on most of his recordings. That sound was an electric mandolin that was played by Ray Lunsford, who was from Broadhead, Kentucky.

Credits & Sources

  • Country Song Roundup No. 32; June 1954; American Folk Publications, Inc.; Derby, CT.

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Recordings
 
Capitol
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  1209 A There Won't Be Much More Time
  1209 B Will You Be Satisfied That Way?
  1220 A Dad Too, Is Lonely
  1220 B The Hem Of His Garment
  1339 A There's Nothin' About You Special
  1339 B It's My World
  1413 A Station Door Blues
  1413 B Running Out Of Time
  1476 A Fallin' Rain Blues
  1476 B It's All The Same To Me
  1563 A It's Bargain Day
  1563 B I Can't Tell My Heart That
  1764 A Kentucky And You
  1764 B Journey's End
  1889 A Penny Post Card
  1889 B Tis Sweet To Be Remembered
  1935 A Holy Life Insurance
  1935 B When The Book Of Life...
  2007 A It's Our Goodbye
  2007 B Women Beware
  2108 A Tell Them
  2108 B Dreaming My Weary Life Away
  2108 (dj) A Dreaming My Weary Life Away
  2108 (dj) B Tell Them
  2351 A Help Me To Find My Broken Heart
  2351 B Your Flyin' Days Are Through
  2401 A Ready To Go Home
  2401 B Singing Teacher In Heaven
  2513 A By Degrees
  2513 B I've Got A Lot Of Love, Baby
 
Decca
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  28910 A I'm Allergic To Your Kisses
  28910 B Baby I Could Change My Ways
  29006 A What A Pleasure
  29006 B Don't Give Your Heart To A Rambler
  29053 A Too Hot To Handle
  29053 B My Broken Heart Is Startin' To Show
  29179 A Don't Get Around Much Anymore
  29179 B John Henry & The Water Boy
  29454 A I Don't Need A Doctor
  29454 B Blame The Right One
 
Mercury
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  70792 A Want You For My Baby
  70792 B Steppin' Out On You
  70854 A On A Budget
  70854 B Dime A Dozen
  70894 A Will You Be Satisfied That Way?
  70894 B Muddy Water Blues
  70956 A Just Ramblin On
  70956 B Another Saturday Night
 
Sims
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  300 A Let's Call It A Date (After Tonight) (w/Paula Ellis)
  300 B You Know How To Hurt A Man (w/Paula Ellis)
 
Starday
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  627 A Old Bill Dollar
  627 B Trouble Walked In
  647 A Try To Be Good
  647 B Yesterday's Wrongs
  669 A Cork And The Bottle
  669 B Let's Say Goodbye Like We Said Hello
  687 A This Old Road
  687 B Things That Might Have Been
  711 A Hard Working Man
  711 B How's It Been (Since Last Heartbreak)
  738 A Twenty Beers
  738 B To Tell The World
  821 A I'd Rather Take The Blame
  821 B Kind Of Love She Gave To Me
  836 A Story Of Bonnie And Clyde
 
Mercury / Starday
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  70792 A Steppin' Out On You
  70792 B Want You For My Baby
  70854 A Dime a Dozen
  70854 B On A Budget
  70894 A Will You Be Satisfied That way?
  70894 B Muddy Water Blues
  70956 A Just Ramblin' On
  70956 B Another Saturday Night
  71090 A No Fault of Mine
  71090 B Born To Be Wild
  71163 A Hafta Do Somethin' About That
  71163 B No Maybe In My Baby's Eyes
  71192 A I Found My Girl In The U.S.A.
  71192 B Carroll County Blues
  71256 A What Makes A Man Wander
  71256 B We've Got Things In Common (w/Connie Hall)
 
Radio Artists Records
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  246 A On The Wrong Side Of The Track
  246 B You've Been A Little Careless
  247 A Will You Be Satisfied That Way
  247 B There Won't Be Much More Time
  250 A Capitol Letters
  250 B You're Going To Be On The Receiving End
  251 A Don't Give Your Heart To A Rambler
  251 B I'm Afraid To Love You Anymore
  252 A Doin' My Time
  252 B I'm Gonna Put You In My Pocket
  253 A Here's My Goodbye To You
  253 B Rambler's Call
  254 A Yesterdays Winner Is A Loser Today
  254 B You're My Big Baby Now


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