Jimmy Velvet

Jimmy Velvet

Real Name:
Jimmie Tennant
Tennant became legally known as "Jimmy Velvet" in 1965, though he began using the name professionally as late as early 1963. He had earlier recorded under his real name, though there is one record from 1959 on the AMP label that is a different "Jimmie Tennant". Velvet would sometimes be confused with an artist with a similar name from Texas whom he used to promote, "Jimmy Velvit", who's real name is Jimmy Mullins. The confusion became critical when Tennant made his first recordings that were to use Jimmy Velvet in April, 1963. He happened to release the same two songs that had been issued by Mullins on CUB Records a year earlier, "(You're Mine And) We Belong Together"/ "I'm Gonna Try (To Forget The One I Love)". Tennant intended the label and his last name to be as "Velvet", but Mullins' CUB record was used as an informational reference, and the name was spelled as "Velvit" instead in error. Only 1,000 copies were made, in both stock and promotional label formats, and most were (to be) destroyed. Tennant later had copies made on a corrected "VELVET" label in July, 1963, but his last name was still as "Velvit". Both sides eventually found a home on Cortland Records' WITCH subsidiary in August, but they were soon withdrawn once Jimmy made a deal with Felton Jarvis in Nashville and signed with ABC-Paramount Records in September, 1963. In November, ABC released "We Belong Together", but backed it with "The History Of Love", another song from the April session. Jimmy had a hand in writing "The History Of Love", while it was Mullins who had written "I'm Gonna Try". Down the road, Mullins would add more confusion to the mix by using "Velvet" as his last name on at least four records on three different labels, on BLUE Records, BELL Records, and BI Records. There was also an unrelated "James Velvet" who recorded for CUB Records, unrelated even to Mullins near the time that he was with the label.


Jimmy Velvet Discography Tracks


Jimmy Velvet Sings A Touch Of Velvet (Album) Velvet Tone Record Corp. US 1967 Sell This Version
MCR-502 Jimmy Velvet with The Kathy Scott Singers Jimmy Velvet with The Kathy Scott Singers - Blue Velvet(LP, Album) Music City Records MCR-502 US 1973 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

James Velvet* Bouquet Of Flowers Cub US 1962 Sell This Version
Jimmy Velvet We Belong Together / The History Of Love (Single) ABC-Paramount Canada 1963 Sell This Version
Jimmy Velvet To The Aisle (Single) ABC-Paramount US 1964 Sell This Version
45-10528 Jimmy Velvet To The Aisle(7", Single) ABC-Paramount 45-10528 US 1964 Sell This Version
T-9037 Jimmy Velvet Teen Angel / Mission Bell(7", Single) Tollie Records T-9037 US 1964 Sell This Version
Jimmy Velvet It's Almost Tomorrow / Blue Eyes (Don't Run Away) (Single) Philips US 1965 Sell This Version
40314 Jimmy Velvet I Won't Be Back This Year / Young Hearts(7", Single) Philips 40314 US 1965 Sell This Version
Jimmy Velvet Take Me Tonight / Young Hearts (Single) Velvet Tone Record Corp. US 1967 Sell This Version
C-488 Jimmy Velvet A Touch Of Velvet(7", Single, Promo) Cameo C-488 US 1967 Sell This Version
VTR-112 Jimmy Velvet Sigma Alpha Lonely / Candy Heart(7") Velvet Tone Record Corp. VTR-112 US 1967 Sell This Version
UA 50279 Jimmy Velvet Candy Heart(7", Promo) United Artists Records UA 50279 US 1968 Sell This Version
RA 291 Jimmy Velvet Missing You(7", Promo) Royal American RA 291 US 1969 Sell This Version
V/SR-7101 Jimmy Velvet (Things That Make A Woman) A Woman(7", Promo) Velvet Tone Record Corp., Sundi Records V/SR-7101 US 1971 Sell This Version
TD-3395 Jimmy Velvet Oh Lonesome Me / Detroit City - King Of The Road / Crazy Arms(7") Teardrop Records (5) TD-3395 US 1977 Sell This Version
VTR 103 Jimmy Velvet Blue Eyes ( Don´t Run Away)(7") Velvet Tone Record Corp. VTR 103 US Unknown Sell This Version
286 Jimmy Velvet It's You b/w A Woman(7", Promo) Royal American 286 US Unknown Sell This Version
BELL692 Jimmy Velvet Woman In Bloom(7", Promo) Bell Records BELL692 US Unknown Sell This Version

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