Born December 1st, 1931, Jim lived in Bishopville, SC until he was 11 years old. His family moved near Lake City where at the age of 12 his uncle gave him a guitar. He learned the chords from his mother and learning came naturally. In high school Jim won several talent contests and after graduating with honors in 1949 he got his own show on WFEG radio in Sumter, SC. Soon afterward  he joined with Slim Mims and his Dream Ranch Boys at WJMX in Florence, SC. After about a year he quit the band and became a disc jockey at WAGS in Bishopville, SC. During his stay at WAGS he recorded his first hit, "Please Mr. Kennedy" in the spring of 1961. It was initially released on the Country Jubilee and ACE labels. When it was released on DOT records it became a hit. It would reach #1 on the Billboard charts. He followed up with "New Frontier" (#11 Billboard) on the Rush label in 1962.  From WAGS Jim moved up to WINX in Rockville, MD where he was named the second leading country & western disc jockey in the greater Washington, DC area. Quite an accomplishment! Jim has also worked at WCKI in Greer, SC, WBLU in Salem, VA and WYMB in Manning, SC. In 1964 he approached Slim Williamson at WPEH Radio with a song he thought would be a sure-fire hit. His first release on Chart went straight up the charts! "Lookin' For More In '64" reached #11 on the Billboard charts and #8 on the Cash Box charts. This would set the stage for many more hits on the Chart label.  Late one night he was driving from Nashville back to his home in the Carolinas when he spotted a car that had a tiger's tail hanging from it's gas tank. He immediately turned around and headed back to Nashville. By the next day he had written and recorded "A Tiger In My Tank". It was one of his top hits, peaking at # 8 for 3 weeks in a row and staying on the Cash Box charts for 13 weeks in February, 1965. He released 25 singles and  3 albums on Chart between 1964 & 1973 and a Best Of package was released in 1971. In 1975 Slim Williamson formed Scorpion Records and what better way to kick off the new label than with the man that kicked off Chart! Jim released "Phone Call From The Devil" on that label in 1975. Unfortunately this would be his last LP. He has recorded several singles on other labels but none ever made the Billboard or Cash Box charts that I am aware of.  "The Lizard Man" was a regional smash for Jim in 1988 and was his last studio effort. At the time of his death, November 29, 2007, Jim lived in Florence, SC and was retired. Lost Gold Records, located in South Carolina, recently released 2 CD's by Jim, "The Best Of Jim Nesbitt" and "Phone Call From The Devil".


Given Name: James Nesbitt
Date of Birth: December1, 1931
Where Born: Bishopville, South Carolina

    Jim Nesbitt was a South Carolina deejay who had a flair for tongue-in-cheek humor. This talent put his name on the Country charts thirteen times between 1964 and 1970. Many of his "songs" tended toward Talking Blues and recitations, but most displayed a clever wit--often directed to political satire-which delighted numerous radio audiences and those who attended many of the package shows in that era.
    Little detail is available on Nesbitt' s life, but during his years on the charts, he worked as a deejay at WAGS radio in his hometown of Bishopville, which was some twenty-five miles west of the larger city of Florence. There he made TV appearances with Slim Mims and his Dream Ranch Boys. Jim recorded initially for Dot and then for Chart, the same company that would later elevate Junior Samples to his first taste of fame. While Jim never got the national TV exposure that raised Samples to star status, he did do much better on the record charts.
    His initial appearance in front of a national audience came in the spring of 1961 with Please Mr. Kennedy, which reached the Top 15. The song, based on The Ballad of Davy Crockett, was initially released on Country Jubilee and Ace, becoming a hit on Dot. Two
years later Livin' Off a Credit made a brief appearance; however, his biggest number came in 1964 on Chart, with Looking for More in '64, which remained on the charts for nearly 6 months and reached the Top 10. Done in a Talking Blues style, the single satirized the level of rising expectations that resulted from the current presidential election. A North Carolina gubernatorial hopeful, Dan K. Moore, used it successfully for a campaign theme. It inspired a series of sequels: Still Alive in '65, Heck of a Fix in '66, Clear the State in '68 and Having Fun in '71, the first two of which also charted in the Top 40.
    In between these singles, Jim had other humorous ditties like Mother-in-Law (Top 20, 1964), A Tiger in My Tank (Top 15) and The Friendly Undertaker (Top 25) (both 1965), You Better Watch Your Friends (Top 50, 1966) and Runnin' Bare (Top 20, 1970). Other songs by Jim poked gentle fun at the problem of [Air] Pollution, Spiro [Agnew] and Social Security. His name vanished from the charts after 1970, but he came back with an album titled Phone Call from the Devil in 1976 (undoubtedly a reaction to Jerry Jordan's
Phone Call from God). After that, Nesbitt seemingly dropped from the national scene. IMT (Source: The Ultimate Enclyclopedia of Country Music & it's Performers)


"Your Favorite Comedy& Heart Songs" (Chart)(/964)
"Truck Drivin' Cat with Nine Wives" ( Chart)( 1968)
"Runnin' Bare" (Chart)(l970)
"The Best of Jim Nesbitt" (Chart)(1971)
"Phone Call from the Devil" (Scorpion)(l976)