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- Posted on Jan 17th 2012 12:00PM by Kenneth Partridge
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Born in New York City in 1947, Castor is best known for leading the disco-era group the Jimmy Castor Bunch, whose 'Troglodyte (Cave Man)' was a No. 4 R&B hit in 1972. Prior to forming that outfit, he played with numerous bands, and in the late '50s, he found his initial success as a singer, taking over for Frankie Lymon in the doo-wop group the Teenagers.
While 'Troglodyte' was his highest-charting single, another 1972 tune, 'It's Just Begun,' has perhaps proved his most enduring. The tune has been sampled by dozens of hip-hop artists, and it appears in the memorable breakdancing scene from the 1983 film 'Flashdance.'
Known as "The Everything Man," Castor was more than just a singer and horn player. As his website points out, he was also a respected producer, songwriter and arranger, and he penned his first million-selling single, 'I Promise to Remember,' before leaving high school.