He got the ear of Bill Lashley, an executive at Promo Records, and played it for him. Promo liked the demo and signed the youngster to a recording contract. They redid Medley's song with the Revellettes backing the singer. The Revellettes were a trio from Paterson New Jersey, and were friends of Jimmy's and included sisters Jackie and Evelyn Kline, and Dottie Hailstock.
When the song was recorded, they did 16 takes to get the one they wanted. It was a very hot day in Paterson, and the flip they nailed in just one try. The dreamy ballad ascended to number five on Billboard's Top 100 in September of 1960. It was also released on the London label for both the UK and Australia, and it was pressed on Reo for Canada.
The record received worldwide acclaim His career ended as quickly as it started. "The Age of Love", Charles' next release, stalled at the 47th position, 42 slots lower than "A Million to One". Jimmy Charles also released two Christmas records in 1960. Santa Won't Be Blue This Christmas backed with I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus was the first.
The second was Christmasville USA and A Little White Mouse Called Steve. The latter was a record that did receive airplay and is remembered by many , but sadly did not become a national chart hit. A subsequent release called Just Whistle For me failed to attract much attention or airplay either, and his career was quickly over. Jimmy did continue to tour on the strength of A Million To One, well into the 60's.
Today, he resides in Texas, and has started singing again when time permits. ++ Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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