Jimmy Jam on Working with Janet Jackson, Prince & More
Since the 1980s, producers and songwriters Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis have made huge hits with artists like Janet Jackson, Boyz II Men and Mariah Carey. But finally in 2021, the duo released their debut album as artists. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot chat with Jimmy Jam about the record and his illustrious past work. Plus, we hear the song that got Garbage’s Shirley Manson Hooked on Sonics.
Jimmy Jam talks with Jim and Greg about his beginnings in the music industry, including playing in his dad’s blues band and working with Prince in Morris Day and The Time. He also comments on the development of R&B music over his decades as a professional musician.
Hooked on Sonics: Shirley Manson
Shirley Manson, the lead singer of Garbage, shares how the rockabilly revival of The Stray Cats made her want to be a rock star.
Jam & Lewis, "Spinnin (feat. Mary J. Blige)," Jam & Lewis, Volume One, Flyte Tyme, BMG, 2021
Jam & Lewis, "Somewhat Loved (There You Go Breakin' My Heart) (feat. Mariah Carey)," Jam & Lewis, Volume One, Flyte Tyme, BMG, 2021
Janet Jackson, "What Have You Done for Me Lately," Control, A&M, 1986
Jam & Lewis, "The Next Best Day (feat. Boyz II Men)," Jam & Lewis, Volume One, Flyte Tyme, BMG, 2021
The S.O.S. Band, "Tell Me If You Still Care," On the Rise, Tabu/Epic, 1983
Cornbread Harris and Friends, "PutThe World," Cornbread Supreme Volume 1, 2631577 Records DK, 2002
Janet Jackson, "Control," Control, A&M, 1986
The S.O.S. Band, "Just Be Good to Me," On the Rise, Tabu/Epic, 1983
Jam & Lewis, "Happily Unhappy (feat. Toni Braxton)," Jam & Lewis, Volume One, Flyte Tyme, BMG, 2021
New Edition, "Can You Stand the Rain," Heart Break, MCA, 1987
Janet Jackson, "Nasty," Control, A&M, 1986
The S.O.S. Band, "Take Your Time (Do It Right)," SOS, Tabu, 1980
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