Jimmy Heap Day

Join the Moody Museum on June 2nd, as we celebrate the life and works of Jimmie Heap, along with his wife, Jerry Heap, and his sons, Jimmy Joe and David. Introductions and music will be done by Paul Schlesinger & the Pioneer Boys.

Jimmie Heap was born in Taylor, Texas, March 3, 1922, where he lived and raised his family and is responsible for building over 200 of Taylor’s homes.  

Jimmy led his band, the Melody Masters, for over three decades, with appearances across the country, including headlining several years in Las Vegas. The Melody Masters recorded 32 sides for Capitol Records and 24 for Imperial Records, including the band’s big hit, Release Me.  The song was also recorded by Esther Phillips and Engelbert Humperdinck. the Melody Masters had a continuing spot on Radio Station KTAE in Taylor, Texas from 1948 to1956.

A major release, The Wild Side of Life, was written by band member, Arlie Carter, and performed by the Melody Masters.  It was later recorded by Hank Thompson, Burl Ives, Grady Martin, Freddy Fender, Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter.