Born April, 28 1956 in Glasgow, Scotland. Moved to Australia when he was still a toddler. Joined pub rock band Cold Chisel in 1973, which is famous for songs such as "Khe Sahn". After leaving Cold Chisel in 1983, went solo and released songs such as "Working Class Man". His children formed a band known as the Tin Lids.
In the 90's, Jimmy paired with Australian singers, John Farnham and Johnny Diesel to tour as "Farnsey, Barnsey & Diesel".
Barnes moved to France for a tax reasons for a few years, then returned to Australia, reformed Cold Chisel and released "Last Wave of Summer" in 1998, which was well received.
Barnes is thought of by many as the quintessential Australian "bloke", an image which Barnes nurtures by wearing flanno shirts and singing at rugby league matches. At the time of writing, "Barnesy" is still touring Australia (last seen in December 2001 doing a gig at the Wyong RSL).