Entertainer Jimmy "Handy Man" Jones Dies
James “Jimmy” Jones who made the song “Handy Man” famous in 1960, died Thursday in Aberdeen. He was 82.
Jones, called a true entertainer by his family and friends, began his career as a tap-dancer and then turned to singing in the 1950s while in the U.S. Army.
The Birmingham Ala. native had a lengthy career writing and performing R&B style music.
He wrote and recorded numerous songs, including "Handy Man," which topped out at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1960. The song stayed there for 18 weeks and was a million-seller.
To hear his version of the "Handy Man," click here.
"Handy Man," became a hit all over again in 1977 when the legendary singer James Taylor remade and recorded it.
Jones, who lived in Aberdeen for more than two decades, most notably performed at the Raising the Roof in 2000. The event was a benefit for the Sunrise Theater.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church, Aberdeen. Family will receive family and friends from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at Purcell Funeral Home, Southern Pines.
Jones is survived by his wife, Mattie Jones, two daughters Jennifer Jones and Jilliann Jones-Hendricks, a son James Jones Jr, four grandchildren, and a host of great grandchildren.
For more see Wednesday's print edition of The Pilot.
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