Jimmy Castor was born in New York City at some point in the forties (conflicting dates exist). Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers had several important hits in 1955 and 1956 before leaving Frankie left for a solo career. Jimmy joined the Teenagers as one of the backup singers, but the group did not have much success without Frankie.
Jimmy was primarily a vocalist but began concentrating on playing the saxophone as well. That was Jimmy playing his sax on Dave “Baby” Cortez’s top-ten single Rinky Dink in 1962.
Jimmy recorded his first solo hit Hey, Leroy, Your Mama’s Callin’ You in 1966. The record was released as a single the last week of the year and peaked at #31 in early 1967. Jimmy got to lip-sync to his hit record on American Bandstand while he accompanied himself on the cowbell.
A few years later he recruited a few more musicians and formed the Jimmy Castor Bunch. In 1972 they released the million-selling record Troglodyte (Cave Man) which has been sampled by an endless stream of rappers.
In 1975 the group had their last big hit with the release of The Bertha Butt Boogie. The single reached number 16 and also got as high as #22 on the R&B charts. Moderate hits on the R&B charts followed for another five years, after which Jimmy returned to being a solo act. He released more singles through 1988 without much chart results.