* JIMMY ALCORN *

 
 

Bio

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Below: Jimmy Alcorn Bio. First of all I would like to recommend an animated movie titled "Jimmy Neutron" co- produced by my nephew Keith Alcorn, it is a

very excellent movie and was nominated for an Academy Award.

 

 

 

 I've met a few people in my many travels as a youth in the sixties. In my songwriting moves I spent a lot of time in Hollywood, California. I wasn't a very 

 good songwriter at the time but I was batting away anyway.

 

 Some people I've met seem in awe that I knew singer Jim

Morrison (The Doors) when he was singing at Whisk-a-go-go in Hollywood. Sometimes we would say hellos to each other between breaks. I called him

Jimmy not Jim. Our conversations would sometimes begin with Hi Jimmy and he would say Hi Jimmy and we both would laugh, one time he said

"sometimes I think I'm saying hello to myself." To me, Jimmy was a bit shy and introverted at times. I thought to myself "sometimes he seems a bit lost." I

guess a lot of us felt that way at times, so far away from home. I felt like Jimmy was caught up in the fame thing and he certainly did achieve his goal if

indeed that was his goal. A lot of people these days are striving for fame, they don't seem to realize that the music and acting business are just that. A

business. It's easy to lose your perspective on life. I wonder what Elvis would say about that ?

 

I worked at Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios back in the sixties,

working on movie and tv series sets. It was strange how I came about my job at M.G.M. I had been working at an airplane bolt factory and music on the

side. I had to hitchhike to work every morning and one particular morning I was two minutes late. My bossman knew that I had to hitchike in order to get

there but he fired me on the spot anyway. I don't think he understood the real world very well, his uncle owned the bolt factory and he had no time for riff-

raff such as me. I told him that if the company would fire me for being two minutes late that I didn't want to work for them anyway.

 

I had heard on sunset

strip that MGM studios was the place to work but nearly impossible to get a job there. So I found myself at the personnel office filling out a job application.

I was told by the secretary that there were over three hundred people that had turned in applications ahead of me, so it might be a very long time before I

would be considered for a job at MGM. Nevertheless I told her that I would fill out the application and when I finished she took me into an office where a

wonderful man named "Tex" sat. He looked at my application and said "I'm from Fort worth, Texas" and I see you are from Texas too. I thought to myself

"Praise the Lord, A Texan"! I was hired by MGM the very next day. MGM sprawled out over a place called Culver City, a suburb of Los Angeles, I worked on

sets such as "Gunsmoke" and used to eat a sack lunch occasionally (when I had the food) in the old jailhouse cell. James Arness was a nice man but he

was a giant. He seemed to take his work very seriously. I also worked on the set of "Dr. Kildaire" with Richard Chamberlain and "Seahunt" with Lloyd

Bridges, nice people. I also worked on "Man From Uncle," I found Bill Bixby on "My favorite Martian" to be a very genuine person and I talked with him a lot

as part of the team. I worked on a movie called "Glass Bottom Boat with Arthur Godfrey and Doris Day, I must say that Arthur Godfrey didn't seem at all like

the tyrant that Julius Larosa depicted when Arthur fired him on the spot on his old tv show but it was some years later and I figured maybe he had

mellowed out some since then.

 

The producers at MGM were the nicest to me personally, a few would invite me to have lunch with the cast and if the

caterer didn't recognize me, the producer would say "he's with us, he's with the cast." I would have gone to bed hungry many times had it not been for the

kindness of movie producers. My boss at MGM would jokingly fuss at me because some big wig Hollywood Producer would ask that Jimmy Alcorn

specifically work on his set. he would ask, "How do you rate these big Hollywood Producers asking for you on a set?" I would tell him because I was good

at my job. He agreed. He'd say, I know, I can send you on one set and five people on another set and you accomplish more and do a better job than they

do. It was because I felt that whatever I'm doing, I'm gonna do my best at it and I knew the old saying "there are no small parts, only small actors." I never

wanted to be an actor, I guess music has always been my love.

 

I had been trying to interest music producers in my music and had met one named Dan

Dalton, he didn't like my songwriting at the time but wanted me to do a vocal on a song called "Old Blue," he never placed it, oh well, I was still at bat and I

think that's the key to everything, "Keep Batting" and I'm still at bat.

 

When I came back to Texas I recorded a song I wrote called "San Francisco Rest Your

Soul," I co-created OA Records with Jerry Oakes, we had a fairly sizeable local hit on it in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and I was really excited to hear myself

on the radio. My friend T-bone Burnett(now Grammy award winner for "OH Brother ') helped me arrange it in the sound City Studios and I was PROUD OF

IT. Like a lot of Texas writers, I recorded a song for Major Bill Smith called "Mad About the Girl",also with assistance from T-Bone,and Charlie Carey,(that's

Charlie singing with me) and got some decent air play and picks. I also had the privilege of working with Engineer/Producer Phil York on some tunes that I

wrote called "Freedom Street", "Without You", "Soar Like an Eagle" and "Find Yourself a Dream" with the assistance of Linda and Larry Petty and the "Main

Event". I also had the ultimate joy in working with Bob Millsap (Ironsides Publishing)in his home studio on most of my cds, Bob was the greatest guitar

player, an accomplished Music publisher (You Needed Me by Anne Murray , which he won an award for song of the century), among many many other hits

that he published and he was also a very humorous man and so witty.

 

I remember when we were about to record the song "Trekking In the Jungle", Bob

told me he didn't like the song. I asked him why? He said,"because I don't understand it".I told him "OK little boy I want you to lie down on the couch here

and close your eyes and I'm going to tell you a little story,he folded his arms and laid down on the couch and closed his eyes ,like a child about to listen to

a bedtime story, so I proceeded to tell him the story, "I was trekking in the jungle one sun struck day, I spied a three eyed monkey...etc" . After I finished

telling him the story ,just like he was a little boy, he opened up his eyes and said, "I understand it now, let's record it". Heeheehee, Bob Millsap was a great

great friend. I miss him.

 

The music business is unpredictable, one time I was with my friend Charlie Carey (he was playing with Gary Lewis at the time), we

were at J.J. Cales house and Johnny played us a tune he had just written called " After Midnight," I thought it was pretty good, evidently Eric Clapton really

liked it and now I'm even hearing it on commercials. See what I mean? Batters Up!  From "Windsong" ,Lake Cypress Springs............Jimmy Alcorn FYI:

If you are interested in digital downloads on individual songs from these 4 Cds, Taken For A Ride, A Letter and Trekking In the Jungle, God Bless this Child

,they are available on all of the majors such as Itunes, amazon, spotify etc.,.....