Monday, June 20, 2005

 

Bakersfield: Jimmy Bays, 1927-2005

Actor, singer and former Bakersfield television star Jimmy Bays has died of Parkinson's disease at age 78.

Known best in the South Valley, Bays and wife Sandra hosted the Sunday-morning series "The Sandra and Jimmy Bays Show" on KERO-23 from 1964 to 1971. In addition to prominent local newsmakers, the Bays hosted entertainment personalities and ordinary citizens in one of the area's best remembered and most unique local programs.

Bays also appeared in bit parts in numerous theatrical productions and films, including "The Godfather." Bays also opened Bakersfield's first discotheque, The Yum Yum Room.

Memorial services will be held in Bakersfield on Tuesday.

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