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JIMMY WISNER

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A Brief History

Jimmy Wisner was born in Philadelphia.  In 1959 he formed The Jimmy Wisner Trio.  They backed Mel Torme, Carmen McRae, Dakota Staton and The Hi-Lo's.  In 1961, he released the song, "Asia Minor" (Kokomo), which became a hit, reaching #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #35 on the UK Singles Chart.  Following the success of "Asia Minor", Wisner launched a successful career as a songwriter, producer and composer for film and television.  He co-wrote "Don't Throw Your Love Away" with Billy Jackson as well as The Times' "Somewhere", written with Norma Mendoza.

 

As a producer and arranger Wisner worked with Bobby Rydell, Cab Calloway, Freddy Cannon, Neil Sedaka, Bobby Vinton, Herbie Mann, Len Barry (123) written by Madara & White and Len Barry, Judy Collins, Spanky and Our Gang, Tony Bennett, Carly Simon, Al Kooper, Iggy Pop, Barbra Streisand, just to name a few.  He also headed Columbia Records' A&R department from 1968 to 1969.   

John's Memories

Jimmy was a great arranger.  I used him on the Len Barry sessions and The Spokesmen sessions.  Extremely talented.  Had a great jazz background.