Jimmy Donley


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Singer-songwriter James Kenneth “Jimmy” Donley was born in Mississippi on August 17, 1929 and died on March 20, 1963.

He served briefly in the Army before being discharged on psychological grounds, then revived his musical career. Donley wrote many songs, such as “Born To Be A Loser”, that went on to be hits by other artists, including Fats Domino and Jerry Lee Lewis.

Some of his songs were credited to Rev. J. Charles Jessup, a preacher to whom Donley sold the rights to his songs.

Donley was a troubled character who was married six times and prone to bouts of both heavy drinking and domestic violence, which impacted badly on his career.

At the age of 33, he committed suicide by asphyxiation.


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