Jimmy Maelen was a percussionist musician in the 1960s-1980s, who worked with many artists including Duran Duran, Roxy Music, Bryan Ferry, Peter Gabriel, James Taylor, Dire Straits, Barry Manilow, Alice Cooper, and John Lennon.
During the golden years of the disco era Jimmy was especially successful, working with the remix team of Michael Barbiero and John Luongo and overdubbing on extended dance versions of disco classics such as, Gonzales' "I Haven't Stopped Dancin' Yet", The Jacksons' "Blame It On The Boogie" and "Shake Your Body Down (To The Ground)", Dan Hartman's "Vertigo/Relight My Fire", Jackie Moore's "This Time, This Time Baby" and many more. His working relationship with Barbiero and Luongo led to a solo album for Epic/Columbia in 1980, produced by the trio and entitled "Beats Workin'".
Maelen's first album with Roxy Music was the critically acclaimed Avalon. Jimmy Maelen was also present on the hit record "Worn Down Piano", from the Mark & Clark band and performed on Duran Duran's Notorious album released in 1986.
Jimmy Maelen died in 1988 from leukemia.