Jimmy & Johnny

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Jimmy & Johnny were an American country music duo composed of Jimmy Lee Fautheree and Johnny "Country" Mathis. They scored several hits on the U.S. country charts in the 1950s.

The duo's career began on the radio show Louisiana Hayride, where both were in demand as guests. They also appeared on the Big D Jamboree. In 1951 they were signed to Capitol Records; they also recorded for Feature Records and Chess Records. Their biggest hit was 1954's "If You Don't Somebody Else Will", which reached No. 4 on the U.S. country charts.

Johnny was later replaced by Jimmy's brother, Lynn Fautheree; but the name of the duo did not change, as the producers feared a career slump. Lynn brought the group's style closer to rockabilly with songs such as "Sweet Love on My Mind," "What'cha Doin' to Me" and "Sweet Singing Daddy". They played with Faron Young's group, the Deputies, and sometimes on the Grand Ole Opry, in addition to continuing to appear regularly on Louisiana Hayride.

At the end of the 1950s, after the Fautherees moved back to Texas, Lynn exited and Mathis returned to the duo, and they recorded together until 1961. In 1995, Johnny & Jimmy reunited for the first time since 1961, and released the gospel single "It Won't Be Much Longer".

Singles[edit]

Year Title Label Chart
1954 "If You Don't Somebody Else Will" / "I'm Beginning to Remember" Feature Records 6
"Don't Forget to Remember" / "Open for Trade" (B-Side with Jimmy Lee) Capitol Records
"If You Don't Somebody Else Will" / "I'm Beginning to Remember" Chess Records 4
1955 "Can't You, Won't You" / "The Fun Is Over"
"Love Me" / "Lips That Kiss So Sweetly" 70
"Lips That Kiss So Sweetly" / "Love Me" 74
1956 "Sweet Singing Daddy" / "Trust Me" Decca Records
"'Til the End of the World" / "Another Man's Name"
"Sweet Love on My Mind" / "Imagination"
1957 "Here Comes My Baby" / "Don't Give Me That Look"
"What'cha Doin' To Me" / "I'll Do It Everytime"
1958 "Can't Find The Doorknob" / "Keep Telling Me" D Records
1959 "My Little Baby" / "All I Need Is Time"
1961 "Knock On Wood" / "Let Me Be The One" Republic Records
"Nobody Knows Where I Go" Not released
"I'm Gonna Lose"

Albums[edit]

Year Title Label Chart
2000 If You Don't Somebody Else Will Bear Family Records

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