It was not so much that Yeager dyed his skin black and concocted a complex murder conspiracy story that convinced the press that he was the real deal. It was the fact that Billy Yeager wrote and produced songs that sounded so much like Jimi Hendrix that musical experts such as Eddie Kramer, Mitch Mitchell, and Buddy Miles all told the press that this music could have been written by no one else other than Jimi Hendrix.
Yeager's story stated that his mother "Sunshine" had Jimi Hendrix's lost "Bolero Tapes", which were raw demo recordings that had only Jimi's voice and guitar on cassette tape, and that after many years from keeping his father's identity a secret, she tells her son his father is Jimi Hendrix and gives him the lost songs that Jimmy Story re-records with full instrumentation.
'Jimmy's Story' film won an unprecedented 4- Awards at the only film festival when it screened in 2003. Program director of the Dalonega International fILM festival ( DIFF) Dean Treadway stated that: "Out of the 700 films submitted Jimmy's Story is the one that moved me most to tears of joy and frustration."
There are 4 other edited versions of 'Jimmy's Story'. Dan Myrick, creator of the 'Blair Witch Project', edited one of the versions for Billy Yeager's 'Jimmy's Story'. There is a 'Jimmy's Story Part 2' called "The American Dream" that is 2 hours and 40 minutes long and was completed in 1999. The film documents Yeager's life after the 1st part of 'Jimmy's Story' is completed and features many other members from his family.
Billy's raw footage was seen by filmmaker Kevin Smith, who suggested that he would send it to film rep John Pierson, who featured a story about "the making" of the film on Split Screen on Bravo Television.