A History Of R&B/Soul Songwriters: Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis Part 1 (1982 – 1984)

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1982 Song Credits

  1. High Hopes – S.O.S. Band

Album: III (1982)

“High Hopes” by The S.O.S Band is Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis first collaboration outside of working as members of The Time. “High Hopes” peaked at #25 on Billboard Hot Black Singles & #49 on Billboard Hot Dance Club.

2. The Only One – Dynasty

Album: Right Back At Cha (1982)

“The Only One” is an album track from Dynasty’s Album “Right Back At Cha!” Unfortunately, “The Only One” failed to chart

3. Wild Girls – Klymaxx

Album: Girls Will Be Girls (1982)

Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis wrote and produced “Wild Girls” for Klymaxx’s second album “Girls Will Be Girls”. Addition production credits on “Wild Girls” include Lakeside members Otis Stokes and Stephen Shockley with Dynasty member William Shelby.

1983 Production Credits

4. Just Be Good To Me – S.O.S. Band

Album: On The Rise (1983)

Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis scored their first hit with “Just Be Good To Me” recorded by The S.O.S. Band. The song peaked at #2 on Billboard R&B Singles and #55 on Billboard Hot 100.

5. Tell Me If You Still Care – The S.O.S. Band

Album: On The Rise (1983)

“Tell Me If You Still Care” was another hit written and produced by Jam/Lewis peaking at #5 on Billboard Hot R&B Singles and #65 on Billboard Hot 100.

6. For Your Love – The S.O.S. Band

Album: On The Rise

“For Your Love” written and produced by Jam/Lewis peaking at #34 on Billboard R&B Singles and #24 on Billboard Dance Charts.

7. Encore – Cheryl Lynn

Album: Preppie (1983)

For Cheryl Lynn’s fifth studio album Preppie, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis wrote and produced the song “Encore”. “Encore peaked at #69 on Billboard Hot 100 and #6 on Billboard Dance Charts. “Encore” also became the duo’s first #1 R&B hit as producers and writers.

8. When You’re Far Away – Gladys Knight & The Pips

Album: Visions (1983)

Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis wrote and produced the song “When You’re Far Away” for Gladys Knight & The Pips’ “Visions” album. “When You’re Far Away” peaked at #42 on Billboards R&B Singles Charts.

1984 Production Credits

9. Just The Way You Like It – S.O.S. Band

Album: Just The Way You Like It (1984)

The S.O.S. Band were riding high on the charts with the song “Just The Way You Like It” written and produced by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. The song peaked at #6 on Billboard R&B Singles Charts, #64 on Billboard Hot 100 and #32 on the UK Singles chart.

10. No One’s Gonna Love You – The S.O.S. Band

Album: Just The Way You Like It (1984)

Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis wrote and produced “No One’s Gonna Love You” which peaked at #15 on Billboard R&B Singles Chart.

11. Weekend Girl – The S.O.S. Band

Album: Just The Way You Like It (1984)

Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis wrote and produced the single “Weekend Girl” which peaked at #40 on Billboard R&B Singles Chart

12. Break Up – The S.O.S. Band

Album: Just The Way You Like It (1984)

“Break Up” written by Jam/Lewis was the last single from The S.O.S. Band album “Just The Way You Like It”. Unfortunately, “Brealk Up” failed to chart on Billboard.

13. I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On – Cherrelle

Album: Fragile (1984)

After the success of The S.O.S. Band, Jam/Terry began to write and produce for artists that they discovered. Cherrelle was the first to work with the duo who wrote and produced her first hit “I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On”. The song peaked at #8 on Billboard R&B Singles and #79 on Billboard Hot 100.

14. Fragile…Handle With Care – Cherrelle

Album: Fragile

Jam & Lewis wrote and produced Cherrelle’s 2nd single “Fragile…Handle With Care” that only peaked at #37 on Billboard R&B Singles Chart only.

15. Like I Will – Cherrelle

Album: Fragile

The funky “Like I Will” written and produced by Jam and Lewis was the 3rd single from Fragile. Unfortunately “Like I Will” failed to chart on Billboard.

16. Change Of Heart – Change

Album: Change Of Heart

Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis produced the bouncy danceable hit “Change Of Heart”. The song peaked at #7 on Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Songs for 15 weeks.

17. Say You Love Me Again – Change

Album: Change Of Heart

Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis wrote and produced the serene and atmospheric “Say You Love Me Again” the second single from “Change Of Heart.” Unfortunately “Say You Love Me Again” failed to chart on Billboard.

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