Jimmy Soul

Jimmy Soul had a number one hit in 1963 with "If You Wanna Be Happy."
Soul was born James Louis McCleese in North Carolina and became a travelling preacher at the age of seven and a gospel star in his teens. (The name soul was  given to him by his church following.)

Frank Guida, recording scout and talent agent for Gary U.S. Bonds, gave Soul two chart hit singles, both of which were refused by Bonds, "Twistin' Matilda" in 1962 and 1963’s"If You Wanna Be Happy"  which was based on the calypso "Ugly Woman," by Roaring Lion.
"If You Wanna Be Happy" sold over one million records. But that was end of Soul’s success. He left the music business and joined the US Army. He eventually drifted into drugs and in 1986 was sentenced to 4 and a half to 9 years in prison as a second felony offender, convicted of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree. Soul died of a drug-related heart attack on June 25, 1988, aged 45.