Country Recording Artist, Songwriter Jimmy Jay Dies At 84

James T. Pickard, Sr., the country recording artist and songwriter known as Jimmy Jay, passed away on April 6, following a battle with cancer. He was 84.

James T. Pickard, Sr.

Under the name Jimmy Jay, Pickard was a country recording artist in the 1960s. He recorded songs “You’re Still With Me,” “I Might As Well Go Home,” “Bayou Girl,” and many others. As a musician, he also toured with artists such as Conway Twitty and Eddy Raven.

As a songwriter, his songs were recorded by many country artists, including: “Neon Row” by Eddy Raven and George Straight, “Why Not Tonight” by Neal McCoy, and “You Put It There” by Conway Twitty.

Pickard is survived by wife of 54 years, Jeanie Pickard, his sister, Sandy Killam, his four children and daughter-in-law, seven grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, Pickard’s family asks donations be sent to Avow Hospice Naples.


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