"We are excited to have Jimmy Roach and Jibaro as part of the Virtuoso Music & Distribution family and are looking forward to promoting their artists and music." Vic McLean, Virtuoso Music
Jimmy Roach started his career writing songs in his native New York. His first song, “The Kitty Cat Song,” was recorded by Lee Dorsey and shot up the charts as the B side of “Ride Your Pony,” and was later covered by British Rock Band, The Troggs of “Wild Thing” fame. He also wrote for The O’Jays, The Manhattans, and charted with Brenda & The Tabulations on a couple of his songs. When Jimmy started writing with Pam Sawyer, a Motown staff writer, they struck gold with “My Whole World Ended,” David Ruffins’ first solo single after leaving the Temptations.
Based on that top-ten hit, he was signed to Motown as a Producer, Arranger, and Songwriter and moved to Detroit. As an arranger, he worked on the Four Tops’ “Still Waters Run Deep” single and album and the follow-up single and album, “Changing Times,” and arranged songs on the first Eddie Kendrick’s solo album including “Can I.” Jimmy produced, arranged, and wrote most of the songs for Smokey Robinson & The Miracles’ Christmas album, “A Season For Miracles” (“Our Best Christmas”) and worked with The Supremes, Jimmy Ruffin, Martha Reeves, Chuck Jackson, and Kiki Dee among others.
After Motown, Jimmy stayed in Detroit producing, arranging, and writing for, among others, The Dramatics, The Dells, Jimmy Ruffin, and The Spinners both of whom he took to Atlantic records. The Spinners hit gold and Jimmy’s work can be found on several of their albums. Jimmy wrote, “Casanova Brown” a number-one disco hit for Gloria Gaynor, “Disco Sax” charted for Jazzman Houston Person and James & Bobby Purify with “You & Me Together.”
In 1989, Jimmy established, The Accessories Boutique, a music and sportswear retail store. The Accessories Boutique soon became a “key store” in the Detroit market and a Sound scan Reporter. In addition, Jimmy Roach, was elected President of the Detroit Music Retailers Association, an association including other stores such as Shantiniques and Simpsons’. Jimmy and Accessories Boutique were also selected to become part of the Impact Retail Dream Team—an organization made up of key stores around the country (Georges’ Music Room, Dedry Jones’ Music Experience) brought together to consult with the magazine and annual convention.
In 2002, Jimmy sold the Accessories Boutique to Shantinique to return to his first love, creating music and planning the reactivation of his Jibaro Label.
One of the first projects upon returning to the creative scene was creating music for the HBO documentary, “Wide Awake.” As a producer, arranger, and songwriter, Jimmy has worked across all genres including scoring for film. Now in Atlanta, Jimmy continues to produce, arrange, and write in his studio. In 2011, he charted worldwide with Gil Scott Heron’s “We’re New Here” single, from his last album before passing. In 2014, Motown has re-issued the “Black Magic” album by Martha Reeves and the Vandellas. It contains a song Jimmy produced and arranged called “Benjamin,” which may be reissued again as a single.
Jimmy is always looking to work with great artists and shares that philosophy with Virtuoso Distribution. Jibaro will be bringing great artists and creative R&B music projects to the marketplace with announcements coming soon. These Projects will have the creative ingredients that made Motown and Philadelphia music so strong and unique in the history of R&B music. Great artists, meaningful, melodic songs, great arrangements, and production. Music the marketplace is ready and waiting for.
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