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Jimmy Cross (17 November 1938 - 8 October 1978) was an American radio producer and singer who attained a minor Billboard Hot 100 hit with the novelty song "I Want My Baby Back" in 1965.

He was born in Dothan, Alabama[citation needed], and became the producer of the syndicated radio series Country Concert.[1] "I Want My Baby Back" was originally issued on the Tollie label and reached #92 on the Billboard Hot 100 in February 1965. The song is a parody of teenage death records of that period, particularly The Shangri-Las hit Leader of the Pack. It has since become a cult classic as a result of frequent airplay on the Dr. Demento show. In 1977 British DJ Kenny Everett named "I Want My Baby Back" #1 in the Bottom 30 after a public vote and it won the title of: "The World's Worst Record".[2] He went on to record "The Ballad of James Bong" (Tollie), "Hey Little Girl" (Red Bird) and "Super-Duper Man" (Red Bird). He also wrote a song for Françoise Hardy titled "Pourtant tu m’aimes" in 1964.[citation needed]

Cross died of a heart attack at the age of 39 in Hollywood, Ca. He is buried at Forest Lawn, Ca.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b Joel Whitburn, Top Pop Singles 1955-2002, Billboard, 2003, ISBN 0-89820-155-1
  2. ^ Everett, Kenny. "The Bottom 30", Capital Radio, May 14, 1977. Retrieved 2008-04-18.

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