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Jimmy BOYD

American Jimmy BOYD

born Jimmy Devon BOYD

American singer, musician, and actor

Source :  Tim DOWLING

Born: on January 09, 1939 in McComb, Mississippi, USA
Died: on March 07, 2009 in Santa Monica, California, USA


Boyd was born near McComb, Mississippi to father Leslie and mother Winnie Boyd. His father was a farmer and picked cotton to help support the family that eventually included twenty-one children. When Boyd was two years old, his father put Boyd, a brother, and his mother on a train to Riverside, California. Not having enough money to buy tickets for himself, Boyd's father was a stowaway on freight trains west to join his family.

Boyd's grandfather, William Boyd (known as "Fiddler Bill"), played at dances and family gatherings in Mississippi. Along with all of father's siblings, Leslie Boyd played guitar and harmonica and started teaching Boyd to play guitar when he was nine years old. Leslie had been a farmer when a drought hit and there were no more crops, so he picked cotton. Because his father was a cotton farmer and there was no cotton in California to pick, finding work was difficult. His father eventually got work cleaning up construction sites, and ended up becoming a finish carpenter.

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