Jimmy Salvemini – Roll It [1986]

GFGERCountry USA          

Style WestCoast AOR

Rating 77/100

Band Members Paul Jackson Jr.,Doc Powell – Guitars, Marcus Miller – Bass, Nat Adderley Jr. – Horns,keyboards, Irene Cara, David Lasley, Cheryl Lynn, Brenda Russell,Phoebe Snow – Backing vocals, Yogi Horton – Drums, Jimmy Salvemini – Vocals, Ed Walsh,Marcus Miller,Nat Adderley, Jr,Raymond Jones,Skip Anderson – Synthesizer

Tracks 01. Roll It, 02. Love Child, 03. Whether Or Not The World Gets Better, 04. Gloria My Love, 05. Dangerous, 06. Anyone Can See, 07. She’s Fascinating, 08. It’s Never Too Late

Profile In the summer of 1985, a 14 year old kid from Long Island knocked the socks of millions of TV viewers everywhere as he became the 1985 Junior Vocal Champion on the third annual juniors competition on the hit syndicated talent show Starsearch. His two songs, and particularly his rendition of Kenny Rogers’ monster hit Lady, brought the audience to their feet. Jimmy Salvemini should have been the next big thing in a string of successes from the show that included Sam Harris, Sawyer Brown, Rosie O’Donnell, Sinbad, and Brad Garrett.

After seeing Jimmy perform on Starsearch, R&B superstar Luther Vandross took Jimmy under his wing, writing for and producing his debut album. Just one day after completing work on what was to become Jimmy’s debut album, on January 26, 1986, Jimmy and his older brother Larry, who was also his manager, were passengers in Luther’s car when the Mercedes driven by Luther swerved out of control and collided with two oncoming cars. All three occupants were rushed to nearby Cedar Sinai Hospital, and while Jimmy, who was critically injured, and Luther would eventually physically recover, Jimmy’s older brother would not – after two hours of desperate attempts to save his life, Larry Salvemini died at Cedar Sinai’s trauma center.

Elektra quietly released Jimmy’s debut album in the summer of 1986, hoping to at least gain the 16 year old some exposure. But wisely, the company decided not to pursue marketing on it. It’s a shame because it was a such a FANTASTIC album. The title track was the first single, but the rest of the album was equally as fantastic, particularly his update on the classic Supremes hit Love Child, and his fantastic duet with Phoebe Snow, Whether Or Not The World Gets Better. The album would have put him on the top of the charts had he chose to promote it. It stands as an oasis of late 80s talent in a day when it was hard to find raw talent. It’s a shame the tragic circumstances robbed the music world of a truly gifted young singer.

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