The Story and Music of Jimmy “Bo” Horne

Introduction to Jimmy “Bo” Horne

Jimmy “Bo” Horne (born in 1949 in West Palm Beach, Florida) is an American singer and songwriter, whose works have been sampled by many contemporary artists. He later moved to Miami where he produced most of his work. Horne enjoyed many hits in much of the 70s music scene, with his singles mostly placed on the R&B and dance charts. His biggest single was “Dance across the Floor”, which broke into the Top 20 chart in 1978, his only pop single as well as his first R&B Top 20 hit. It was written by Harry Casey, of KC and the Sunshine Band. Horne’s other Top 20 R&B single was “You Get Me Hot” in 1978. His other singles that received significant airplay included “Gimme Some”, “Get Happy”, “Le Me (Let Me Be Your Lover)”, “Spank” (the remix edition also placed on the dance chart in 1979), and a few others. Horne’s charting last single was “Is It In” in 1980. Many of his songs and hits have been covered and sampled by a lot of artists, including Brendon, Stereo MC’s, DJ Falcon, Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera.

The story and music of Jimmy “Bo” Horne

American musician, singer and recording artist Jimmy “Bo” Horne was born Jimmie Horace Horne Jr. on September 28, 1949 in West Palm Beach, Florida. Horne was raised by his parents of school teachers whom he was the only child. He later relocated to Miami where he started his career as a recording artist and produced most of his works.





Horne’s recording success

Around 1970’s, Horne achieved considerable success for labels Alston and Sunshine Records releasing several dance-oriented songs and novelty tracks. In 1978, he issued “Dance across the Floor” which became his only hit in his music history. Written and produced by Harry Wayne Casey (KC and the Sunshine Band fame), the single reached the R&B charts, entering the top 10 in 1978. The following year, he scored another hit with “You Get Me Hot” which hit the Top 20 of the R&B charts. Among his minor hit releases during the 1970’s were “Gimme Some,” “Get Happy,” Let Me (Let Me Be Your Lover)” and “Spank.” These singles became a crowd favorite at the dance clubs during that time.

In 1977, “Spank” appeared in the film 54 (1998). Horne had his last single in 1980 with “Is It In.” Also in that year, British glam rock singer Brendon did a remake of Horne’s 1975 song “Gimme Some” which became a hit. In 1980, he released his last single “Is It In.” The disco flavored tune was on the fictional radio station Paradise FM and Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto.


Horne’s works being sampled by numerous artists

Through the years, most of Horne’s songs were sampled by numerous artists such as Da Lanch Mob Stereo MCs (“Let Me”), Jungle Brothers (“Is It In”), DJ Falcon (“Connected”), The Councils (“Prepare for the Shining”), De Lanch Mob, Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera (“Dance across the Floor”).  Horne had a guest appearance with Casey on the Marilu Henner Show.