Garnet Mimms born Garrett MimmsNovember 26, is an American singer, influential in soul music and rhythm and blues. According to Steve Huey at AllMusichis "pleading, gospel-derived intensity made him one of the earliest true soul singers [and] his legacy remains criminally underappreciated.
Born in AshlandWest VirginiaMimms grew up in Philadelphiawhere he sang in church choirs and in gospel groups such as the Evening Stars and the Harmonizing Four. He first recorded as a member of the Norfolk Four, for Savoy Records in The Gainors recorded several singles over the next few years for the Red TopMercury and Talley Ho labels, but failed to have any chart success.
The group moved from Philadelphia to New York inand began to work with the songwriter and record producer Bert Bernswho Song 4 You - The Second Hand Group - The Second Hand Group them to the United Artists label and teamed them with fellow songwriter and producer Jerry Ragovoy.
It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. He moved to the UA subsidiary label Veep inreleasing several singles including "My Baby", later recorded by Janis Joplin and made the live setlist of the last edition of The Yardbirds and early Led Zeppelin, and the following year toured in the UK with Jimi Hendrix. In the late s, he released a few funk songs under the name Garnet Mimms and the Truckin' Company.
Mimms gave up Too Marvelous To Be True - Garnet Mimms - Sensational New Star music career shortly afterwards. He became a born-again Christianand in the s found his calling ministering to lost souls as part of the New Jerusalem Prison Ministry. He later established the Bottom Line Revival Ministries, again ministering to prisoners. Too Marvelous To Be True - Garnet Mimms - Sensational New Star Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Garnet Mimms. Retrieved August 12, The Book of Golden Discs 2nd ed.
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