Jimmy C. Newman is an American singer and a long time star of the Grand Ole Opry. He was born near Big Mamou, Louisiana, on 27 August 1927. As a child, he listened more to Gene Autry than to the Cajun music of the area but had a number of Cajun songs in his repertoire when, as a teenager, he joined Chuck Guillorry’s Rhythm Boys. He recorded a few unsuccessful sides for J.D. Miller’s Future label in the 1940’s but Miller persuaded Fred Rose in Nashville, Tennessee to give the young singer a shot.