He's the "Original" Jimmy Velvit because in the early years there was an associate who stole his songs, his arrangments, even his name, sometimes altering the spelling, and carried on an inferior "clone" career for a while.
Born in Coalgate, Oklahoma, Jimmy moved to Dallas, Texas in 1952 with his family. While working at a Worth Food Mart in 1958 he began singing at parties with some musicians who also worked there. After receiving good responses from the crowds, he began to think about a singing career.
His dad was a fiddle player in a country band and was recording at Sellers Recording Studio. Jimmy made a single recording for $4.00 and a friend, James Reynolds, took it around and played it for various record business people in the Dallas area.