Jimmy Maelen

Also known as J. Maelen, J. Maeulen, J.Maelen, James Maelan, James Maelen, James Maeulien, Jim Maelen, Jim Maelin, Jim Maeulen, Jim Maeulin, Jim Malin, Jimmy Maaelen, Jimmy Maalen, Jimmy Macullen, Jimmy Maelan, Jimmy Maelen, Jimmy Maelin, Jimmy Maelmen, Jimmy Maeulen, Jimmy Maeulin, Jimmy Maeullen, Jimmy Maeylen, Jimmy Mallen, Jimmy Mallin, Jimmy Marlen, Maelen, S. Maelen

Discography of Jimmy Maelen:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Beats Workin' 7 Audio 1980 Epic
2 Run Johnny 2 Audio 1975 Epic
3 Beats Workin' 7 Audio 1980 Pavillion
4 Beats Workin' 7 Audio 1980 Pavillion
5 I'm Gonna Getcha 2 Audio 1980 Pavillion
6 Sympathy For The Devil 2 Audio 1980 Epic
7 Run Johnny / I'm Gonna Getcha 2 Audio 1975 Epic

Jimmy Maelen, a percussionist in the 1960s-1980s, died in 1988 from leukemia. In less than a decade he had played on hundreds of albums, including Roxy Music, Peter Gabriel, James Taylor, Alice Cooper, John Lennon, The Jacksons and Talking Heads. During the golden years of the disco era he worked with the remix team of Michael Barbiero and John Luongo.

Barely out of Junior High School, his first group was a doo-wop street corner quintet called the Velons. By the early sixties, he had become an excellent percussionist, playing almost exclusively with Latin bands around New York.

Jimmy became lead singer, percussionist and founding member of Ambergris, and played with them for a few years. For the next two or three years, he worked with several bands and did session work. By the mid seventies, his career took off.

Jimmy's playing became so crucial to obtaining a certain sound that artists began recognizing his contribution. Both the Doobie Brothers' "What A Fool Believes" and The Jacksons' "Shake Your Body" credit him not just on the back covers but on the record labels themselves.

In 1980, working with Michael Barbiero and John Luongo, he released his solo album for Epic/Columbia entitled "Beats Workin'".

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