Jimy Sohns of The Shadows of Knight Suffers Stroke

Jimy Sohns, who has been flying the banner of The Shadows of Knight since 1964, has suffered a stroke.

A statement was sent out to the media saying:
On April 12th, Jimy Sohns suffered a stroke. Jimy has been taking this time out to rehabilitate, and is going through extensive, but definitely worth it, therapy for his speech and other things. The stroke has affected his talking voice but not his singing at all. He is re-learning the use of the right side of his body right now, which they originally said would only be able to get back up to 40% usage at most, has already gotten back up to 70% usage, in this short amount of time. Right now, the concentration is on getting Jimy better, because if you know him, you know he can't wait to get back up on that stage. So sadly, if you saw that he had to cancel his Pennsylvania, and Florida gigs this past week, he will also not be able to attend the Cornerstones of Rock concert in Skokie, IL on May 1st, as he will still be recovering. Jimy plans to be back on stage by the June 24th Cornerstones show and he is more excited than ever to get back on the stage! Send all your well wishes and thoughts his way.
Sohns formed The Shadows of Knight in 1964 when he was 16 with Warren Rogers, Roger Spielmann, Norm Gotsch, Wayne Pursell and Tom Schiffour. The performed around the Chicago area for a couple of years before being seen by Dunwich Records execs Bill Traut and George Badonski while opening for the Byrds at the McCormick Palace.

The band signed with Dunwich and recorded their cover of Van Morrison and Them's Gloria during their first session. Released as a single, it went to number 10 on the Hot 100. They followed with Oh Yeah (1966 / #39), I'm Gonna Make You Mine (1966 / #90) and Bad Little Woman (1966 / #91) but their failure to find another major hit took a toll and, by the middle of 1967, Sohns was the only original member left.

Jimy moved the band to New York and, although he wanted to play harder rock, their new record company, Buddah, tried to turn them into another one of the many bubblegum groups on the label. The Shadow of Knight's version of Shake was released on Team Records and went to number 46 and was the last song that they charted.

Over the years, Sohns has fronted a number of different versions of the band except for 1978 to 1980 when he worked as the road manager for Skafish. The band headlined Little Steven's Underground Garage Tour in 2006 and, that same year, released a new album, A Knight to Remember.

1 comment

Anonymous said...

This was some mighty sad news for all of us who followed Jim, from back in the good old days to the local concerts of the 80s and 90s. I truly hope he has recuperated from this stroke and is once again on the move. He always seemed like a genuinely nice guy and was/is so talented. I screamed (!) over him at the Chicago Young Teen Fair, sponsored in part by radiio station WCFL, at McCormick Place, back in the mid-60s. He autographed my program booklet, which I still have and treasure to this day. Jimy, I hope you are doing and feeling so much better now. May God bless you.

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