Jimmy Maelen

Jimmy Maelen

Jimmy Maelen, a percussionist in the 1960s-1980s, died in 1988 from leukemia. In less than a decade he had played on hundreds of albums, including Roxy Music, Peter Gabriel, James Taylor, Alice Cooper, John Lennon, The Jacksons and Talking Heads. During the golden years of the disco era he worked with the remix team of Michael Barbiero and John Luongo.

Barely out of Junior High School, his first group was a doo-wop street corner quintet called the Velons. By the early sixties, he had become an excellent percussionist, playing almost exclusively with Latin bands around New York.

Jimmy became lead singer, percussionist and founding member of Ambergris, and played with them for a few years. For the next two or three years, he worked with several bands and did session work. By the mid seventies, his career took off.

Jimmy's playing became so crucial to obtaining a certain sound that artists began recognizing his contribution. Both the Doobie Brothers' "What A Fool Believes" and The Jacksons' "Shake Your Body" credit him not just on the back covers but on the record labels themselves.

In 1980, working with Michael Barbiero and John Luongo, he released his solo album for Epic/Columbia entitled "Beats Workin'".
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Jimmy Maelen Discography Tracks


Jimmy Maelen Beats Workin' (Album) Pavillion US 1980 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

4-44712 The Latin Dimension featuring Jimmy Maeulen* The Latin Dimension featuring Jimmy Maeulen* - Hurt So Bad(7", Promo) Columbia 4-44712 US 1968 Sell This Version
Jimmy Maelen Run Johnny / I'm Gonna Getcha (Single) Epic US 1975 Sell This Version
Jimmy Maelen I'm Gonna Getcha Pavillion US 1980 Sell This Version
EPC 12.8691 Jimmy Maelen Sympathy For The Devil(12", Max) Epic EPC 12.8691 Netherlands 1980 Sell This Version

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