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