Jim Reeves – Bimbo

Jim Reeves – Bimbo

Bimbo was a popular song written in either 1948 or 1949 by Glenn O’Dell, but credited to Rodney (Rod) Morris or “Pee Wee” King. The song was recorded by Gene Autry and originally released as a 78rpm single in 1954. It can also be found on the 1998 album, Always Your Pal, Gene Autry. This is an album of singalong cowboy music for children. Former NBA player Vernell “Bimbo” Coles is nicknamed after this song.
It was recorded in 1953 by Jim Reeves on Abbott 148. The song was later included in the 1965 album Up Through the Years on RCA Victor. Reeves’ version became his second No. 1 song on the Billboard magazine country chart in January 1954, and helped pave the way to his eventual superstardom. Like his previous No. 1 hit “Mexican Joe,” “Bimbo” was more of a novelty hit for Reeves; as such, “Bimbo” differed greatly from the smooth, Nashville sound ballads – “Four Walls” and “He’ll Have to Go” – that he later recorded and made famous.

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