The Life and Times of ...............
"Here Today, Here to Stay"
Mr. James A. McGowan
the late 1940's, Jim McGowan was a teenager growing up in Brooklyn, New
York. He had two passions in his life and he excelled
at both. By the age of 19, Jim was playing semi-professional baseball in the
Brooklyn Dodger chain and was a sure bet to go to the major leagues.
He also had a passion to sing which took shape earlier when he was 14 and decided
he wanted to be part of a "singing group".
Unfortunately, along the way towards pursuing his dreams in 1951, Jim was caught in the middle of a gang fight on the tough streets of Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant section. He was stabbed in the abdomen with a sword which almost penetrated his entire body. Jim miraculously survived this injury but it immediately curtailed his baseball career.
However, he still had his singing career and that became his main focus for the rest of the 1950's. Jim along with Larry Banks, Teddy Williams, and David Jones formed a vocal group that today is revered by lovers of Rhythm and Blues of the 1950's. His group, the Four Fellows released a song entitled "Soldier Boy" that would reach the lofty heights of number 15 on the national Billboard R&B chart.
Like most vocal groups of the day, their time in the limelight was fading by the late 1950's. Unfortunately , for many of these young singers, such as Frankie Lymon, the end of their short careers began a downward spiral in their lives. For Jim McGowan, it really marked the beginning of his life and many incredible personal accomplishments and contributions to humanity.
Over the years , Jim continued to be plagued with health problems stemming from his wound in 1951 and by 1971 was confined to a wheelchair. Undaunted, this just set the stage for an incredible lifetime of achievement. The things that Jim has accomplished are shining examples of the human spirit and how faith, sheer guts and determination can overcome any obstacle. Once you learn about the Life and Times of Jim McGowan you will truly understand what he means by "Here Today, Here to Stay".
If you wish to contact Jim, you can
him at: Jim McGowan
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