Never mind the double-size garage addition -- better build a triple or even more to house all the performers by the name of Jimmy Ford whose names have graced the sticky little circles pressing plants used to glue onto the center of records. From the rockabilly side of the garage there was at least one Jimmy Ford, perhaps two, making singles for indie rockabilly labels such as Stylo and Esther during the '50s. Whether this is a single or plural Jimmy Ford represents either an ongoing study and potentially a set of conclusions based on much less complicated note-taking than would be involved in determining schizophrenia. A typical discographical reference on rockabilly performers might simply note, for example, that "this might be two different guys with the same name."
The Jimmy Ford who sang for Stylo in both the spring and summer of 1959 came from Arkansas and started out his brief recording career with a somewhat threatening personality: "Don't Hang Around Me Anymore" advised side A, the flip adding the "You're Gonna Be Sorry," necessary to any proper warning. The summer breezes must have mellowed Ford out, however, as his subsequent pairing of songs was friendly and romantic: "We Belong (Together)" and "Be Mine Forever." Dates are much less clear concerning the Esther single combining "What Love Can Do," a song explaining potential, and "Gotta Gal," a conceptual pairing once again as well as fairly standard grammar for this particular genre. The material done for Esther, a label based in Colorado, has received much less play on reissue compilations than the Stylo file. This is not the same Jimmy Ford who wrote soul songs in the '70s, nor the James Ford who came up with house music hits circa 2000.