Terry Lewis and James “Jimmy Jam” Harris III are a writing and production duo who started making music in high school. Black suits, black fedora hats, and dark sunglasses are the trademarks of the Minneapolis locals.
The duo quickly made their way into Prince’s music circle and became members of The Time.
“Jam & Lewis pioneered the Minneapolis sound, a thrilling fusion of jazz, soul, R&B, funk, disco, early punk, new wave, and dance.” “They decided to take their production and songwriting skills and start Flyte Tyme Productions in 1982 after Prince sacked them for skipping a show (since they were busy producing other bands),” according to their Rock & Roll Hall of Fame biography.
Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, and Gladys Knight are among the artists Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis have collaborated with.
Jackson’s “Escapade,” “Rhythm Nation,” and “Together Again,” The S.O.S. Band’s “Just Be Good To Me,” Cherrelle’s “I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On,” and Janet and Michael Jackson’s “Scream” are among their successful tunes.