Jimmy Jones: Handy Man


This was written by Jones and Otis Blackwell. It was released in December 1959 and in early 1960 got to No 2 in America and No 3 in Britain.

In 1964 Del Shannon took it to No 22 in America and 36 in the UK.

James Taylor’s very different version in 1977 reached No 4 in the US but did not chart in Britain. I have to say it doesn’t work for me.

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