"I have tried most of the entertainment outlets ... written for a chain of newspapers,
wrote stories about sci-fi and fantasy, a couple of books, quite a few songs and poems ... and, opened
shows for many of the rockabilly and country artists: Carl Perkins, The Sparkletones,
Blue Notes, Royal Teens, Champs, Jerry Lee, Conway Twitty and Loretta plus a lot of
others. The Del Rays were the best group I ever traveled with. I was their lead singer."
Of Note . . .
"Not Too Young" was one of Jim's popular songs. It was written by Carroll Ludwick.
Jim was one of the "Vellex label artists with the Del-Ray but was
prevented from from getting his own recording out when called into the
service for Uncle Sam and went on to Ft. Bragg in North Carolina.
Jim was sometimes called "Little Lonely" as he had a strong resemblance to Elvis.
Jim was featured in the movies including "Boots and The Preacher" and "Country
Jim's brother wrote the dong "Rollin' Out of Memphis."
One of Jim's books is "The First Outlaw: Hank Williams"
Jim did a cover of Chuck Berry's "Let It Rock"
JIM'S PROFILE that Appears in
His Book on Hank Williams:
"Jim Arp, a devoted member of the music world, knows his subject well.
A performer, song writer and entertainer, he has lived the highs and lows associated with the
His work revels much of his personality, an individual point of view,
and a leluctance to accept any general assumption as truth.
His straight from the shoulder, no hold barred style is refreshing and he made
him a favorite with many. An earthy, down-home sense of humor
shows through and the reader wishing for more.
Jim was born and reared in the rural South. His writing shows the love, and yet
objectivity, of a native son speaking of one of his own.
Jim is a man of many talents. He is a good singer singer and also a
somgwriter, movie script writer, author, actor, actor and even, he admits, a
"fairly good" artist. He is now working as a disc jockey and resides in Belmont,
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