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JOIN CHOC'LET LIVE W/ JIM GILSTRAP ...Born in Pittsburgh.....Texas that is!... a small town 100 miles east of Dallas. His family moved to California when Jimmy was in his teens. Jim was drafted into the service during the Vietnam war.  When his stint with the Navy ended Jim came home and quickly landed a job with the U.S. Postal Service. But music was in his blood and it wasn't long before he began going to auditions. His first group gig was with The Doodletown Pipers, after leaving the Pipers he hooked up with The Cultures. The Cultures were popular behind the scenes and for two years (1972-1974) Gilstrap honed his vocals behind such luminaries as The Temptations, The Jackson Five, Barbara Streisand, Rod Stewart and many others.
Doing session work during the early 1970's led to his tenure with Stevie Wonder's Wonderlove. As part of Wonderlove he sang on four of Stevie's classic albums: "Music Of My Mind," "Talking Book," "Innervisions" and"Fulfillingness First Finale" as well as sessions with Syreeta Wright and Minnie Riperton, among others. Hanging on his wall is a platinum album, given to him by Wonder for his vocal work on "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life."