A History Of R&B/Soul Songwriters: Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis Part 2 (1985)

  1. Innocent – Alexander O’Neal

Album: Alexander O’Neal (1985)

Innocent” is a song written by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and recorded by American recording artist Alexander O’Neal, whose original version was released as his first solo single in 1985 on Tabu Records.  The single became an immediate success in the US, peaking at #11 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and #101 on Billboard Hot 100.

2. A Broken Heart Can Mend

Album: Alexander O’Neal (1985)

A Broken Heart Can Mend” is a song written by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and  is the third single from the singer’s self-titled debut solo album, Alexander O’Neal (1985). “Broken Heart Can Mend” peaked at #53 in the UK Singles Chart and #62 on the Billboard Hot R&B Singles chart in the US.

3. What’s Missing

Album: Alexander O’Neal

What’s Missing is a song written by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and is the fourth single from the singer’s self-titled debut solo album, Alexander O’Neal. What’s Missing peaked at #90 in the UK Singles Chart and #8 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles.

4. You Were Meant to Be My Lady (Not My Girl – Alexander O’Neal

Album: Alexander O’Neal

You Were Meant To Be My Lady (Not My Girl) was written by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis as the fifth and final single from the album Alexander O’Neal. Unfortunately no chart information is available.

5. The Heat Of Heat – Patti Austin

Album: Gettin’ Away with Murder (1985)

Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis wrote and produced Patti Austin’s The Heat Of Heat a mid-tempo groover. The Heat of Heat peaked at #13 on Billboard R&B Singles and #55 Billboard Hot 100. Becoming a steppers favorite in later years, “The Heat of Heat” also appears on Best of Patti Austin 

6. Summer is the Coldest Time of Year

Album: Gettin’ Away With Murder (1985)

Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis Wrote and produced Summer is the Coldest Time Of The Year for Patti Austin. The song is an album cut from the Patti Austin album Gettin’ Away With Murder. The Song has no chart history.

7. Tender Love – Force M.D.’s

Album: Chillin’ (1985)

Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis wrote and produced Tender Love for R&B group The Force M.D’s. Tender Love appeared in the film Krush Groove (1985), and was featured on the film’s soundtrack. The popularity of Tender Love introduced The Force M.D’s to a whole new audience with this song . Tender Love peaked at #4 On Billboard R&B Singles, #10 On Billboard Hot 100, #2 on  Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Track and #23 on UK Singles Chart. The tune was a major contributing factor to Jam & Lewis’ winning a Grammy Award for Producer of the Year in 1986.

8. Fidelity – Cheryl Lynn

Album: It’s Gonna Be Right (1985)

Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis wrote and produced Cheryl Lynn’s lead single Fidelity from her album It’s Gonna Be Right. The first single released Fidelity, though bearing similarities to Cheryl Lynn’s previous Jam & Lewis-produced smash Encore, only reached #25 on the R&B charts, its lackluster performance was widely blamed on its predecessor still being in heavy rotation at the time of its release. 

9. It’s Gonna Be Right – Cheryl Lynn

Album: It’s Gonna Be Right (1985)

The Jam & Lewis wrote and produced It’s Gonna Be Right which bore several sonic similarities to her smash hit “Got To Be Real.” The chart history for It’s Gonna Be Right is unavailable.

10. You Look Good To Me – Cherrelle

Album: High Priority (1985)

Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis wrote and produced the uptempo lead single, You Look Good to Me would reach #26 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart only.

11. Saturday Love – Cherrelle & Alexander O’Neal

Album: High Priority (1985)

Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis wrote and produced the second single Saturday Love a duet performed by Cherrelle & label mate Alexander O’Neal. Regarded as a RnB classic Saturday Love peaked at #2 on the US R&B chart, and became a moderate pop hit peaking at #26 on the US Hot 100 in the spring of 1986.  It reached #6 on the UK singles chart, and #7 on the Irish Singles Chart.

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