Jim Hendricks Biography
Jim Hendricks (James Richard Hendricks) is an American guitarist born on 10th February 1940 in Atkinson, Nebraska, United States. He was a member of ‘The Triumvirate’ which later evolved into The Big 3 and short-lived band Mugwumps.
Jim began playing guitar and lap steel guitar in his youth and began performing publicly in the early 1960s while working as a teacher in Omaha Nebraska.
Jim Hendricks Age
Jim was born on 10th February 1940 in Atkinson, Nebraska, United States (78 years as of 2018)
Jim Hendricks Wife | Jim Hendricks Cass Elliot
Jim Hendricks and Cass Eliot met at a local folk music club in Nebraske when Jim Hendricks was singing in the joint. Cass wanted to form a folk music trio and had already enlisted the talents of Tim Rose. After hearing Jim sing and play the guitar Cass knew that he would be the perfect third member! The group was formed and the called themselves ‘The Big Three’.
Jim Hendricks married Cass Elliot in 1963, incidentally, were married during the Big Three/Mugwumps era, although this was done so that Hendricks could evade the military draft. Their marriage was annulled in 1968.
On 27th July 1974, after Cass Elliot had performed at the London Palladium she returned to the Mayfair apartment where she was staying and was discovered on 29th July dead in her bed. A ham sandwich was found on a table nearby, but an autopsy revealed an empty stomach and clear airways. Unfortunately, the first doctor who examined her speculated to the press about the cause of death, and that’s the version that stuck.
Jim Hendricks Children | Daughter
On 26th April 1967 Cass Elliot gave birth to their daughter Owen Vanessa Elliot
Jim Hendricks Big Three
In the 1960s Jim Hendricks passed through many folk and folk-rock groups some of which produced produced important figures of the folk-rock movement, although Hendricks himself never achieved the fame of his most celebrated colleagues.
In early 1960s he formed a band ‘The Big Three alongside Tim Rose and Cass Elliot. The trio landed a job at the The Bitter End, a well known night club in New York City’s Greenwich Village. They soon “hit the road” for a college tour with comedian Bill Cosby. From there came performances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, The Danny Kaye Show and other television variety shows of the era.
Jim Hendricks Mugwumps
When Rose left to pursue a solo career and carve a niche as a cult folk-rock singer/songwriter, Hendricks and Elliot teamed up with Zal Yanovsky and Denny Doherty to form the short-lived Mugwumps.
Doherty and Elliot soon found fame as one-half of the Mamas and the Papas and Yanovsky joined the ‘Lovin’ Spoonful’. Hendricks and Elliot did co-write the two original songs to appear on the Mugwumps’ album (issued posthumously in 1967), including “Here It Is Another Day,” a fine folk-rock ballad that would have stood a chance of being a hit if it had gotten the right exposure.
Jim Hendricks Solo Career
Jim Hendricks put out a little-known folk-rock single of Pete Seeger’s “The Bells of Rhymney” (which the Byrds also did a version of, on their first album) as half of the duo James Hendricks and Vanessa. He went further into pop-folk-rock with the Lamp of Childhood, which put out three singles on Dunhill.
After ‘The Mugwumps’, Jim Hendricks moved to Los Angeles to start a successful solo career. He began writing for Johnny River’s publishing company, and in 1967 he penned his first million seller… “Summer Rain”. This started a long friendship between Jim and Johnny and brought continued success with other hit songs like “Muddy River” and “Look To Your Soul”.
In 1970 Jim met actor Michael Parks who was beginning a new TV series called “Then Came Bronson”. Jim wrote the series theme song “Long Lonesome Highway” and shortly after the song was released it became a crossover hit on the pop, country and adult contemporary charts. Jim went on to produce three records for Michael Parks with two of them reaching”gold record” status.
In the 1970 he moved to Nashville, Tennesse in the 1970s and began writing contemporary Christian music. Hendricks plays guitar, mandolin, dobro and autoharp and has recorded over 50 albums spanning a variety of styles, mainly Americana, country and contemporary Christian, including several instrumental albums for Benson Records and later Maple Street Music, a label he co-founded in 1996.
Jim Hendricks was soon approached by Ken Pennell, an A&R director from Benson Music Group, to record a series of instrumental folk and mountain music entitled “Appalachian Memories”. This series would also include recordings of old-time gospel hymns and down-home Christmas music. The series quickly became a Benson best-seller! Also, as a Benson Artist, Jim recorded an instrumental western series entitled “Under The Western Sky”. The Series included 6 western titles and like the”Appalachian Memories” series, it too became an instant success.
Jim Hendricks Albums
- 1997: Appalachian Hymns
- 1995: Country Mountain Hymns
- 2014: Appalachian Holiday
- 2007: Rocky Top Peace in the Valley
- 2002: Rocky Top: Homeward Bound
- 1996: Rocky Top: Hymns Everlasting
- 1997: Appalachian Jubilee
- 2015: Rocky Top: Country Cafe
- 2014: Appalachian Toe Tappin’ Favorites
- 2009: Handcrafted Hymns
- 2013: Rocky Top: Mountain Jamboree
- 2004: Rose Of San Antone: Classic Texas Swing Melodies
- 1999: Appalachian Homecoming
- 2006: A Cowboy’s Prayer
- 2011: Relax
- 2001: Cowboy Serenade: Songs From The American West
- 2011: Songs of James Hendricks
- 2004: Tennessee Flat Top Box
- 2003: Iron Horse: Great American Train Songs
- 1996: Home On The Range: All-Time Favorites From The Great American West
- 2014: Best Of Bluegrass Christmas
- 2010: Country Mountain Tributes: Johnny Cash
- 2013: Cowboy Christmas: Holiday Favorites From The Great American West
- 2015: Rocky Top: Country Christmas
Jim Hendricks Songs
- In the Sweet By and By
- Long Lonesome Highway
- The Fishin’ Hole
- Tumbling Tumbleweeds
- Nothing But The Blood Of Jesus
- Wildwood Flower
- Wait For the Light To Shine
- Where the Soul Never Dies
- The Old 97
- Old Dan Tucker / Skip To My Lou
- Texas Swinger
- Colorado Rocky Mountains
- Sunshine Showers
- A New Name Written Down In Glory
- When You And I Were Young, Maggie
- I Wonder How the Old Folks are at Home
- Pals to the End
- Are You Washed In The Blood
- Deck The Halls/ Wassail Song
- Great Speckled Bird
- Unclouded Day
- Bringing in the Sheaves
- This World Is Not My Home
- When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder
- How Marvelous, How Wonderful
- I’ll Fly Away
- Loch Lomond
- Campfire Beans
- C. P. E. Bach: Solfeggietto
- Polly Wolly Doodle / Dinah
- Frosty The Snowman
- Just Over In The Gloryland