Jim Gilstrap

Jim Gilstrap

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Jim Gilstrap (born James Gilstrap, Pittsburg, Texas) is an American singer best known for his work as a session musician and his 1975 solo hit single "Swing Your Daddy", as well as singing co-lead to the theme from the TV series Good Times.


Gilstrap grew up listening to blues and rhythm and blues in Pittsburg, idolizing when he was younger, Bobby Bland. His family moved to California, and after serving in the Vietnam War, Gilstrap set about pursuing a music career. He successfully auditioned to join the Doodletown Pipers as a vocalist in the late 1960s, and soon moved on to The Cultures, who offered backing support to established pop and soul musicians.

In the early 1970s, Gilstrap was one of the backing vocalists in Stevie Wonder's backing outfit, 'Wonderlove', appearing on Wonder's albums, Talking Book and Innervisions. Gilstrap sang the opening two lines of the Wonder song, "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" (with Lani Groves singing the next two lines). He subsequently signed a recording contract with Chelsea Records in 1975. His recording of the Kenny Nolan penned "Swing Your Daddy" was a #4 hit in the UK Singles Chart in April 1975, and...
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