Jimmie fan Lori Herbison sent this copy of a letter Jimmie sent to her. It's not dated, but my best guess is 1980... since Jimmie mentions the recent release of a 45 from that year.
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Your timing is impeccable. After being booed at the Greek (LAs premier Amphitheater) last night opening for Jeff Beck, being panned once again in the L.A. Times, hearing that Warner Bros will not promote my new single thus letting it die, and wondering why my "manager" won't call, I come home to find your letter in the mail box. Does this sound like a script for "Queen For A Day?" Anyway, I'm not a victim generally and your letter made me feel good. Thank you. I guess persisting thru the music biz bullshit becomes worthwhile when someone like you takes the time to let me know I've communicated.
I can't help you as far as where to locate my records. I would send them to you, however I don't own any. The only other solution I could suggest would be to order them from CBS. I really don't know what the distribution scene is with them. I am sending you the enclosed single. "It Is You" is pretty good. I think "Hold Tight" is pretty tongue in cheek.
Anyway Lori, Thank you again. I really mean that. If you're ever bored, write or whatever. Would be nice for me.
Here's a copy of the original email Lori sent to the archives in October, 1997.
I was a rabid Jimmie Spheeris fan in the early 80's, and have been wondering all these years what ever happened to him. It was with great sadness today that, while looking for news of the death of Laura Nyro, I stumbled upon Jimmie's web site and learned of his untimely death.
A friend in college introduced me to Jimmie's music in the late 70's, and from the first time I played one of his albums, I knew I was listening to an absolute musical genius. I was totally hooked... played his records all the time. Over the next few years I collected cherished, if sometimes scratched, copies of ALL of the albums from used record stores (retail stores didn't sell them). Exasperated by my never-ending quest to find a perfect copy of "The Dragon is Dancing" (the darkest, I think, and most otherworldly of all his works), I sat down and wrote Jimmie a letter telling him I was a huge fan and asking how I could get copies of his records. Much to my complete surprise and amazement, he wrote a wonderful letter back saying my letter had made him feel like "Queen for a Day" and sending along a beautiful black and white picture of himself in a black, leather jacket kissing what looks like a raven. I know I still have the picture and I think I still have the letter.
I would love to share them with you, but I'm afraid my computer (an old 486) is not sophisticated enough to scan, attach, download, etc. I would have better luck sending something from my computer at work, if you're interested.
Years ago in a fit of wanting to get rid of old material objects from bygone days, I sold all my albums to a used record store, including nearly perfect copies (except for "Dragon") of all 4 of Jimmie's records. SHAME ON ME! I remember being tinged with guilt at the time and thinking, "You shouldn't do this" but... I did. Now I long to hear Jimmie's music again, in any form. I will definitely read on in this Web site to see how I can encourage SONY to release his work on CD. I hope I hear back from you. In the meantime, I'm so happy someone has seen fit to memorialize and pay tribute to Jimmie in this way. Thank you.