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Profile of Jimmy Jam on Famous Like Me

Name: Jimmy Jam  
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Date of Birth: 6th June 1959
Place of Birth: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Profession: Composer
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Jimmy Jam (born James Harris III in Minneapolis, Minnesota on June 6, 1959) and Terry Lewis (born November 21, 1956 in Omaha, Nebraska) are an R&B and pop songwriting and record production team. They have enjoyed great success since the 1980s with various artists, most notably Janet Jackson.

The pair met in high school in Minneapolis and formed a band called Flyte Time, later The Time. In 1981, they were joined by Morris Day and toured with Prince as Morris Day & the Time. The pair were fired from the tour because a blizzard left them unable to rejoin after a short break to produce the SOS Band. However, one of the tracks they were producing, "Just Be Good To Me", became a big hit and made their reputation (as well as the SOS Band's).

After working with artists like Gladys Knight, and Luther Vandross they were introduced to Janet Jackson and produced her breakthrough album Control in 1986, for which the duo won a Grammy Award. Their collaboration on her next album, 1989's Rhythm Nation 1814, was even more successful.

Since that time they have founded a record label, "Perspective", and worked with artists including Michael Jackson, Boyz II Men, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, and Janet Jackson.

Selected discography

  • 1983: "Just Be Good to Me" - The SOS Band
  • 1983: "Tell Me If You Still Care" - The SOS Band
  • 1986: "Nasty" - Janet Jackson
  • 1986: "What Have You Done For Me Lately" - Janet Jackson
  • 1986: "Control" - Janet Jackson
  • 1988: "If It Isn't Love" - New Edition (covered by Boyz II Men in 1997)
  • 1988: "Can You Stand the Rain" - New Edition
  • 1989: "Rhythm Nation" - Janet Jackson
  • 1990: "Escapade" - Janet Jackson
  • 1993: "That's The Way Love Goes" - Janet Jackson
  • 1994: "On Bended Knee" - Boyz II Men
  • 1995: "Scream" - Michael Jackson & Janet Jackson
  • 1995: "Runaway - Janet Jackson
  • 1997: "HIStory - Michael Jackson
  • 1997: "4 Seasons of Loneliness" - Boyz II Men
  • 1997: "Go Deep" - Janet Jackson
  • 1998: "I Get Lonely" - Janet Jackson
  • 1999: "Thank God I Found You" - Mariah Carey featuring Joe and 98 Degrees
  • 2000: "Can't Take That Away (Mariah's Theme)" - Mariah Carey
  • 2000: "Doesn't Really Matter" - Janet Jackson"
  • 2001: "All For You" - Janet Jackson
  • 2001: "Someone To Call My Lover" - Janet Jackson
  • 2002: "No More Drama" - Mary J Blige
  • 2004: "Harajuku Girls" - Gwen Stefani

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