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Jimmy Fortune (born March 11, 1955 in Williamsburg, Virginia) is an American country music singer. He hails from Staunton, Virginia.
Fortune sang tenor for the Statler Brothers for 21 years. He joined them as a replacement for the ailing Lew DeWitt in 1982 and joined the group permanently when DeWitt was unable to return to the stage. Fortune wrote several number one songs that were recorded by the Statler Brothers, including Elizabeth, Too Much on My Heart, My Only Love, and More Than a Name on a Wall. In 1983 He med a 15 year old girl by the name of Tina and had a 6 month affair. She would travel with her mother to his shows and visit with him in the hotel before shows and waited back stage for him. The mother would visit with Phil Balsley. This ended when the brothers Harold and Don found out the extent of the relationship. Fortune was given a choice to either quit the band or stop seeing the girl. Fortune chose the group. "Elizabeth" recently was a top bluegrass release for Dailey & Vincent. He spent 21 years touring, singing, and performing with them until Don, Harold and Phil, the other three members of the group retired in 2002. Since then he has continued an extensive performance schedule in the U.S. and Canada. He has continued as a songwriter and has recorded a number of projects in Nashville.