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Jimmy Duncan (songwriter)

Jimmy Duncan (né James Ollie Duncan, Jr.; 25 June 1927 in Houston – 9 November 2011 in Houston) was an American songwriter, singer, composer, author, arranger and producer, best known for his 1957 song "My Special Angel," a No.1 country/western hit for Bobby Helms.[1] Duncan also co-wrote "String Along", which charted in 1960 for Fabian and in 1963 for Ricky Nelson; and "Everybody Knows", a minor hit in 1964 for Steve Lawrence.[2]

In the late 1960s Duncan owned a rock club in Houston named "The Living Eye"; nationally known groups such as the Electric Prunes and ? and the Mysterians played there, as well as local groups such as Lemon Fog.[3]

In 1970 Duncan built a recording studio called "Soundville" in Houston and launched his own label, Soundville.[4][5] Soundville Recording Studio closed under financial duress in 1972 and was sold to Bill Holford, as the new home of ACA Studios (Audiophile Custom Associates).[6][7]

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  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2006): The Billboard Book of Top 40 Country Hits. 2nd edition. New York, N.Y.: Billboard Books, p. 156
  2. ^ Obituary: Jimmy Duncan, Jr., Houston Chronicle, November 12, 13, & 14 2011 (posted at
  3. ^ list of 1960's Houston venues
  4. ^ Houston's Duncan — Educating the Banker, Billboard magazine, November 21, 1970, pg. 54
  5. ^ Houston To Get 4 New Studios, Bradley Style, Billboard magazine, September 12, 1970, pg. 52
  6. ^ House of Hits: The Story of Houston's Gold Star/SugarHill Recording Studios, Andy Bradley and Charles Roger Wood, University of Texas Press, p. 132 (2010) OCLC 610030219
  7. ^ No Sounds at Soundville, Billboard magazine, August 19, 1972, pg. T30