Who was/is Jack & Jim ? - CDs, Vinyl LPs, DVD and more


Jack Huddle and Jim Robinson had direct ties to Buddy Holly. Born in Paris, Texas on February 1, 1928, Huddle played bass and hosted TV shows around West Texas, including one called ‘Around Lubbock’ that gave Buddy and his then-duet partner Jack Neal their first televised exposure in 1953. Huddle and frequent writing partner Robinson (born April 13, 1926 near Littlefield, Texas, his father was an original member of The Stamps-Baxter Gospel Quartet) journeyed to Clovis on October April 28, 1957 to record a split session at Norman Petty’s studio. Huddle’s single, pairing a rocking Starlight (boasting two Holly guitar solos) and Believe Me, came out on Norman’s own Petsey logo before it was licensed to Kapp, Petty sharing writer’s credits with the boys on both sides. The same was true on Robinson’s Epic platter A Whole Lot Of Lovin’ b/w It’s A Wonderful Feeling, cut the same day.

Jack and Jim ventured back to Clovis on February 23, 1959 to wax their duet single for Brunswick, writing both sides. Midnight Monsters Hop was a zany Halloween romp; its equally humorous plattermate Tarzan And Jane throbbed with jungle rhythms, Jack C. Smith providing slashing guitar. Holly +played on Robinson’s poppier ’59 single for Brill, Man From Texas.

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