Baltimora Artist Bio and Lyrics
Originating in England during the summer of 1985, the 80's band Baltimora featured a Northern Irish dancer named Jimmy McShane. Although he dominated the focus of the band his songs were written by Maurizio Bassi and Naimy Hackett.
He was welcomed to the United States’ music scene courtesy of EMI records. Baltimora tasted extreme success when EMI released the song “Tarzan Boy”. It peaked at number 13 in early spring 1986. His first full length album was released soon after.
“Tarzan Boy” made another scramble for Baltimora in 1993 when it rose again to number 51, thanks to its appearance in the 1993 movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III. The song also appeared in the 1997 movie Beverly Hills Ninja, featuring Chris Farley, but made no such reentry to the charts.
Jimmy McShane/Baltimora sadly died alone and penniless of Aids on March 29, 1995 at the age of 38.
Watch the Baltimora video for the song Tarzan Boy here at Project 80's.com.
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i finally was blessed with the living in the background cd after 4 years of seaching. i loved tarzan boy, but living in the background was the song that really touched my soul and caught my attention. that is so sad and unfair the way jimmy mcshane died. and now with the death of heath ledger, it makes me wish i could have know them before they died, so they could have an inkling of the imact they had on my spirit, and on my life. warm regards. lisa
#1 - lisa - 01/23/2008 - 20:17
Wow could anybody have realized that the haunting Tarzan Boy video and song were so fitting for A legend of Beauty both physical and artistic Such as Jimmy McShane What a tribute his own song is God Bless you Jimmy
#2 - Buffalo 66 - 09/05/2008 - 20:30
Tarzan Boy has to be my favorite song ever! It always has the power to cheer me up no matter what! I love watching the videos of Jimmy McShane. He always looked like he was having the best time of his life singing Tarzan Boy. I wish there was more information about him. The only things I could find was that he was from Londonderry, Northern Ireland and that he was an EMT for the Red Cross before he was in Baltimora. Also that his nickname was Ruby, which I think is so cute! He was actually 37 when he passed away, it was just two months shy of his 38th birthday. Poor Jimmy, it's heartbreaking the way he died. I'll always remember him the way he was in the Tarzan Boy videos, so happy and cute. What a wonderful and lovely human being. God bless your sweet soul, Jimmy. And see you in another life!
#3 - viktoria - 05/02/2009 - 19:50
long live at baltimora,baltimora is died but he live into my heart
#4 - vane - 09/15/2009 - 12:36
povero jimmy mi dispiace tanto anche a me che sia morto di una banale malattia,davvero Ă¨ morto tristemente,da solo e senza un soldo? il mio quore sta li vicino a lui e lui sta li vicino a me!!!!!!!!!!!!addio mio grande amico
#5 - vane - 09/15/2009 - 12:59
oh oh oh oh oh jus got to know abt baltimora and now i know jimmy is no more whish is sooooooo saddddddddd oh may he rest in peace and tarzan boy is always a bigggggggg hitttttttt loveeee yah guyssssssss
#6 - mozel - 01/24/2010 - 20:22
Fell in love with this song and my first lover
...Yes.. there I was dancing with my first gay boyfriend at the rhythm of this song. I will never forget his smile, beautiful face. That song will always be in my heart. Carlos, where ever you live and with whoever you are...hope that you are happy...
Thanks for Baltimora for keeping such good memories alive. I bet there are thousands of fans out there remembering this extraordinary group.
#7 - Jorge - 03/01/2010 - 06:30
super cantante, y super talento vaya originalidad natural
gracias por tarzaon boy es una cancion que genera alegria y animo al ser humano en sus buenos momentos y hasta el los de tristeza.
que DIOS SANTO lo tenga en paz
#8 - JOSUE - 05/28/2010 - 13:13
Jimmy Mc Shane was my old school friend we grew up in DerryCity Northern Ireland. He was the funniest person and the madest person I ever met. We were just workin class boys he became a star and I created the costume designs for the most sucessful show of the 20th century...Riverdance...not bad for two boys from a war tore Ulster...
#9 - Jen kelly - 04/21/2011 - 16:46
the comment that jim ny brother died alone and penniless
I am jim's brother damien and are family are sad to see the statement that appears on this site that say's that jim died alone and penniless this statement is not true jim was nursed at his family home until he died with all his family and friends at his bedside and he was not penniless as the statement that appears on this site ,we would like this statement to be revoked
#10 - damien mc shane - 09/25/2011 - 09:21
Try to do a real research how Jimmy mc Shane spent his last days before he passed away
I love music and good critic about that. I was in the music business when I started to listen Baltimora and then I started to get information about the group and the lead vocal Jimmy mc Shane. I delighted to watch the videos and the way that he sung and danced, very fashion and his look. Totally handsome and cheerful. All of the sudden the news about his death made me sad but according what the info in the media said that he died alone and penniless, it was nonsense to believe the way that he died...VH1 in Hit Wonders special, it said the same statement about his end, but I know for sure the info was taken for Internet in those site like for example Wikipedia...etc...I do agree with Damien mc Shane, they need to revoke and finish the homework....if you have a website and get more visitors it is better to do a good work and research not copycat or just copy...to go for real...investigate so you will get the respect for your work. A year ago I was in the site which you leave e-flowes or present sent to his ciber grave and I paid a tribute to Jimmy mc Shane, he deserve to be remembered as a great artist...because he was one of the greatest
#11 - Silvana Vicente - 11/09/2011 - 23:54
Revoke Penniless Comment
Please revoke/remove the comment, 'he died alone and penniless', in respect of his family. Thank you.
#12 - Linda Reynolds - 04/29/2013 - 21:42
Rest in Peace Jimmy
Hi there I really enjoyed Jimmy and his Music. I remember Tarzan Boy, when the Song was recorded, and I saw him on American Bandstand in 1985, singing Tarzan Boy and I really liked his Clothes that he wore and I must say he was Dressed to Kill. Jimmy just be at peace and we all Love you. Joseph.
#13 - Joseph Galla - 06/26/2013 - 11:15
Lovd the Makeup!
Almost 30 years after seeing the Tarzan Boy video, I didn't realize how splashy Jimmy looked in it. The dance moves, the great blush! Glad he wasn't afraid to be himself. New Wave was always kind to creativity and sexual preferences
#14 - Squirrel - 07/14/2013 - 02:40
Why dont you remove a hurtful comment?
The family has written to the author of this site and in spite of that they have not bothered. Probably the author has hide as thick as a rhino.
#15 - hdg524 - 08/11/2013 - 14:47
80's Band Bio biography and videos.