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Jimmy C. Newman
Newman at 2009 Festivals Acadiens et Créoles
Background information
Birth nameJimmy Yves Newman
Born(1927-08-29)August 29, 1927
Mamou, Louisiana, U.S.
DiedJune 21, 2014(2014-06-21) (aged 86)
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Genres Country, Cajun
Instrument(s)Acoustic guitar
Years active1954–2014
Labels Feature Records

Jimmy Yves Newman (August 29, 1927 – June 21, 2014), [1] better known as Jimmy C. Newman (the C stands for Cajun), [1] [2] was an American country music and cajun singer-songwriter and long-time star of the Grand Ole Opry.

Early life

Newman was born near Big Mamou, Louisiana, United States. [1] As a child, he listened more to Gene Autry than to the Cajun music of the area, but had a number of Cajun songs in his repertoire when, as a teenager, he joined Chuck Guillory's Rhythm Boys. [1]

Early career

He recorded a few unsuccessful sides for J. D. "Jay" Miller's Feature Records in the 1940s, but Miller persuaded Fred Rose in Nashville, Tennessee to give the young singer an opportunity. [1] In 1953, he was signed to Dot Records and the following year recorded " Cry, Cry, Darling", which reached No. 4 on the country chart. [1]

His recording success led the Louisiana Hayride in Shreveport, Louisiana, to hire him as a regular performer. [1] His next four records all reached Top 10 status, and in 1956 he was invited to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry. [3] That following year he released his biggest hit, "A Fallen Star", which spent two weeks at No. 2 and also entered the top 25 of the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart. [1]

As an established artist, he began to integrate his Cajun influences into his music and recorded "Alligator Man", which was a top 25 record and continued to be his theme song at the Opry. In 1963, he released another top 10 hit, "The D.J. Cried". [1] His final hits came in 1965 and 1966 with "Artificial Rose" and "Back Pocket Money". When his commercial popularity declined he returned to Cajun music, forming his Cajun Country band and taking the high energy fiddle- and accordion-based music of his native Louisiana to fans around the world. In 1976, his recording of the Cajun French song, "Lâche pas la patate" ("The Potato Song") earned gold record status in Canada. In 1991, Newman and Cajun Country earned a Grammy Award nomination for their album, Alligator Man.

Entertainer Dolly Parton has long credited Newman with enabling her first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry, in 1959, describing how when she appeared at the Opry unannounced at age 13, asking to sing, Newman relinquished one of his two allotted slots to allow Parton to perform.

Later career

In 2000, he was inducted into the North American Country Music Association’s International Hall of Fame and in 2004 was inducted into the Cajun Hall of Fame. He is also honored in the Cajun Music Hall of Fame in Eunice, Louisiana, and in 2009 he was inducted into The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. He continued to tour and appear regularly at the Grand Ole Opry, making his last appearance on the show on June 6, 2014. [4] In 2006, he joined a select group of entertainers who have marked 50 years of Opry membership.

Personal life

Newman and his wife made their home on their 670-acre (2.7 km2) ranch outside of Nashville near Murfreesboro, Tennessee.


Newman died of cancer, in Nashville, on June 21, 2014. [4]



Year Album title US Country Label
1959 This Is Jimmy Newman MGM
1962 Jimmy Newman Decca
1963 Folk Songs of the Bayou Country
1966 Artificial Rose 10
Sings Country Songs
1967 The World of Country Music
1968 The Jimmy Newman Way
Born to Love You 42
1969 The Jimmy Newman Style
1970 Country Time
1974 Sings Cajun La Louisiane
1976 Progressive Country Plantation
Greatest Hits
1978 Cajun Cowboy
1979 Happy Cajun
1981 Cajun Country Delta


Year Single US Country Album
1953 "I Made a Big Mistake" The Original Cry, Cry, Darling
Jimmy Newman & Al Terry – Their Earliest Recordings 1949–1952 [5]
"I Don't Know What I'm Going to Do"
1954 " Cry, Cry, Darling" 4 singles only
"Night Time Is Cry Time"
"Your True and Faithful One"
1955 "Daydreamin'" 7
"Blue Darlin'" 7
1956 "God Was So Good" 9
"Seasons of My Heart" 9
"Come Back to Me" 13
"Honky Tonk Tears"
1957 "I've Got You on My Mind"
"A Fallen Star"A 2
"Need Me"
1958 "Step Aside Shallow Water Let the Deep Sea Roll"
"You're Makin' a Fool Out of Me" 7 This Is Jimmy Newman
1959 "So Soon" 19
"Lonely Girl" 30
"Grin and Bear It" 9 singles only
"Walkin' Down the Road" 29
1960 "I Miss You Already" 21
"A Lovely Work of Art" 6
"Wanting You with Me Tonight" 11
1961 "Everybody's Dying for Love" 14 Jimmy Newman
"Big Mamou"
1962 "Alligator Man" 22
"Of All the Things (You Left)" singles only
"After Dark Affair"
1963 "Bayou Talk" 12
1964 "D.J. for a Day" 9
"Angel on Leave" 34
"Summer Skies and Golden Sands" 34
"You're Still on My Mind"
1965 "City of the Angels" 37 Artificial Rose
"Back in Circulation" 13
"Artificial Rose" 8
1966 "Back Pocket Money" 10 Sings Country Songs
"Bring Your Heart Home" 25
1967 "Dropping Out of Sight" 32 The World of Country Music
"Louisiana Saturday Night" 24 The Jimmy Newman Way
"Blue Lonely Winter" 11
1968 "Sunshine and Bluebirds" 47 Born to Love You
"Born to Love You"B 20
1969 "Future Farmers of America" Single Release only, quickly withdrawn after protests from the actual F.F.A.
"Boo Dan" 31 The Jimmy Newman Style
1970 "Foolishly" Country Time
"Washington, DC"
"I'm Holding Your Memory (But He's Holding You)" 65 singles only
1971 "Is It Really Over"
1972 "Secret Love"
"Not as a Sweetheart (Just as a Friend)"
"Wild Rose"
1973 "Kind of Love I Can't Forget"
"Just Once More"
1974 "Potato Songs" Sings Cajun
"Go Go Song" single only
1978 "Happy Cajun" Happy Cajun
1979 "Sugar Bee"
"Sweet Suzannah"
1980 "Cotton Eyed Joe" single only
1981 "Louisiana" Cajun Country
1982 "All My Cloudy Days Are Gone" singles only
1983 "Wondering"
1984 "Passe par tout"
1987 "Laissez les bons temps rouler"
  • A"A Fallen Star" peaked at No. 23 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No.7 on the R&B chart. [6]
  • B"Born to Love You" peaked at No. 35 on the RPM Country Tracks chart in Canada.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Jimmy C. Newman | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved August 8, 2021.
  2. ^ " Jimmy C. Newman". Retrieved October 22, 2009.
  3. ^ "Grand Ole Opry | The Show That Made Country Music Famous". Archived from the original on March 7, 2016. Retrieved August 18, 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Jimmy C. Newman, Cajun country pioneer, dies at 86". June 22, 2014. Retrieved August 18, 2014.
  5. ^ "Jimmy Newman* & Al Terry – Their Earliest Recordings 1949–1952 (Vinyl, LP) at Discogs". 1981. Retrieved August 18, 2014.
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942–2004. Record Research. p. 428.


  • Seemann, Charlie (1998). "Jimmy C. Newman". In The Encyclopedia of Country Music. Paul Kingsbury, Editor. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 379.

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