Jimmy Castor (January 23, 1940 - January 16, 2012) was a highly acclaimed R&B/funk/soul saxophonist, singer, and songwriter with a comedic flair who became famous beginning in the late 1960s. His best known songs include the Latin-flavored instrumental, "Hey, Leroy, Your Mama's Callin' You" (1966), the hilarious and mostly spoken "Troglodyte (Cave Man)" (1972), and its cheeky sequel, "The Bertha Butt Boogie-Part 1" (1975).
Born in Manhattan, New York, Jimmy Castor began in the late 1950s as a doo-wop singer and formed a group known as Jimmy & The Juniors who, in 1956, recorded the original version of "I Promise To Remember" which became a hit later that year for Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers. By the early 1960s, Castor had turned his main attention to the saxophone and in 1972, he formed The Jimmy Castor Bunch, a funky novelty group.
Jimmy Castor's had his first charting song in 1965 with the energetic "It's O.K.," a minor hit on Record World. His fame took off the following year with "Hey, Leroy, Your Mama's Callin' You" (1966), which became a Top 20 hit on the R&B charts and made the Pop/Rock Top 40. This smash was followed by several novelty hits that include "Troglodyte (Cave Man)" (1972), "The Bertha Butt Boogie-Part 1" (1975), and "King Kong - Pt. I" (1975). Castor's long string of hits, which continued through 1988 on the R&B charts, include his Top 40 remake of Barbara Acklin's "Love Makes A Woman" (1988) performed as a duet with Joyce Sims. Other songs for which he is well known include the hard-driving "It's Just Begun" (1972) which remains hugely popular among fans of hip-hop.
As one of R&B's all-time most sampled artists, Jimmy Castor's music has continued to live on over the years through the songs of other performers, with "It's Just Begun" and "Troglodyte (Cave Man)" his most frequently sampled songs.
- The New York Times remembers Jimmy Castor.
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- Hey, Leroy, Your Mama's Callin' You 1966
Jimmy Castor Bunch
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