Gold knows the meaning of a "golden hit." Born
and raised in Detroit, Jim began writing songs and playing
guitar when he was fourteen. In 1971, while he and a friend
were playing at a Detroit club called the Poison Apple,
(Jim worked in a welding shop during the day) he was discovered
by Dennis Coffey and his partner Mike Theodore. Coffey is
well known for his early guitar work on a lot of Motown
records and for his hit single "Scorpio."
of this collaboration came two smash singles by Gallery;
"Nice To Be With You" which was written by Jim,
and "I Believe in Music." From here on in, Jim
Gold knew what a "golden hit" could do. In 1972,
Gallery was voted The Best New Single's Group of '72 by
Cash Box, and The Best Vocal Group by Record World.
guess I was like a lot of guys at the time ... hit the studio,
record a smash ("Nice To Be With You,") and find
out Sussex (record label) wants a group instead of a soloist.
We got a band together, called it Gallery, and toured like
mad." -- Jim Gold, 1989.
1972 and 1973, Gallery toured with Jose Feliciano, B.J.
Thomas, Billy Preston, and Charlie Daniels, just to name
1976, Sussex Records folded, and so did Gallery. Jim released
"I Can't Face Another Day Without You," his first
solo album, and followed with "Hometown Hero"
in 1978. Both albums received excellent reviews. Cory Wells
of Three Dog Night waxed "Midnight Lady," penned
by Jim, on his 1979 solo album.
To Be With You" reached the one-million mark in radio
plays, which means that radio stations in the United States
have broadcast the song one million times - some 50,000
hours of air time, BMI Publishing awarded Jim to commemorate
this distinction. "Nice To Be With You" has
had over 4 MILLION performances to date, according to B.M.I.!
interesting about this is that (writing) one song has afforded
me the chance to do things that I have always wanted to
do." -- Jim Gold
he has not made an album in a while, Gold still writes songs
with the hope that another Artist will pick them up.