Born in Arkansas, grew up in Missouri, is the youngest of eleven children.
He learned to play Guitar at the age of sixteen. While still in his teens, he, and his niece Betty, had there on Radio Show over KTCB in Malden Missouri.
In 1966, he signed a five year contract with Epic Records. His first single with Epic "What Does I t Take"' became a hit in a few markets and sold several thousand records but never gathered enough momentum to break into the Billboard national charts. Six months later, his close friend Jim Glaser,
was working on a new song and asked Jimmy to help finish it. They wrote on it all night and by morning it was finished. In a couple weeks Jimmy recorded it for his second single under the direction of legendary producer Billy Sherrill. The song was "Woman, Woman, have you got cheating on your mind. A couple months later his record was playing on the Radio in Los Angeles, Columbia Record Producer, Jerry Fuller, heard it and took it to a group he had just signed. The group was Gary Puckett, and The Union Gap . The song has been recorded around a hundred times.
In 1969 Jimmy recorded The Dick Feller song, L.A.Angels, Taking it to 21 in the national charts
Other national charts records were "Ramblin' Man,'Where has all the love gone" "Tonight's The Night Miss Sally Testifies" and "Turnin' My Love on".
Prestigious venues Jimmy has played, include, " The Grand Ole Opry" "Golden Nugget" Las Vegas,"Wheeling Jamboree", Wembly Festival, London, England", and "Peterborough Festival"
In 1974, and 75, he was voted Most Promising Artist to The British audiences by Billboard- Music week. Also in 1975 he graced The British Pop Charts with a Hoyt Axton Song titled,
Jimmy's International success is well documented, with tours in Japan,Philipines, Norway,Netherlands , Great Britain and South Korea
As a Songwriter, Jimmy Payne has had songs recorded by,Ray Price, Bill Anderson, Glen Campbell,Grandpa Jones,Jim Glaser, Tompall, and The Glaser Bro's, Cal Smith, Connie Smith,
Joel Sonnier,Jeannie Pruett, Tammy Wynette, Dottie West ,Daniel O'Donnell, Frank Ifield. Frank Jennings, Charley Pride , and many others . Charley Pride, had a Number One with " My Eyes Can Only See As Far As You" , written by Jimmy, and Naomi Martin.
Jimmy has recorded for Epic,Vanguard, VeeJay,RCA , Ocean, Word, Cinnamon,Lyco, Ric,Sounds Upon Cumberland,Kik,K-Ark,
In 1969 Jimmy Married his longtime sweetheart Virginia,[Jo] still married ,still living in the same home they bought the same year they married. The have a lovely Daughter, Amanda.
She, and her husband Matt lives close by
The new CD "When Mama Prayed" marks the ninth album project for Jimmy
Check out the artist's website:
1. When Mama Prayed
2. Walk With Me the Rest of the Way
3. Wait a Little Longer Please Jesus
4. Family Bible
5. Look Away Mama
6. Lord Won't Give You a Burden
7. Why Me Lord
8. It's Not What You See
9. Jesus Us Me
10. When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder
11. It's Not For Me to Understand
12. God Is the Foundation
13. Sinners Prayer
14. Amazing Grace