Multiple artists are known as Jimmy James. 1. Jimmy James (born Michael James, 13 September 1939, Jamaica) is a soul music singer. "The Vagabonds" was the name of Jimmy James backing group. They signed a recording contract with Pye Records and released their best known studio album, The New Religion in 1966. He's particularly known for his cover of Neil Diamond's "Red Red Wine". In the 1970s the band had hit singles in the UK Singles Chart with " I'll Go Where Your Music Takes Me" and "Now Is The Time".