Wisner was born in Philadelphia on December
8, 1931. By 1959 he had formed the Jimmy Wisner Trio
with Chick Kinney and Ace Tsome. In 1961, following
their first album, "Blues for Harvey," Wisner recorded
"Asia Minor," which combined a melody from Grieg's
Piano Concerto in A Minor with a rock 'n roll beat.
After being turned down by numerous labels, Wisner set up
his own label, Future Records, with record distributor Harry
Chipetz and engineer, Amel Corset. They released "Asia
Minor" on their label and it was a huge hit. This
success would lead Wisner into a career in pop music as a
composer of film and television scores, as well as a session
musician and as an arranger/producer.