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James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III

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Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Music Producer
Songwriter

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Hamburgers
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Favorite Quote:
Better To Have It And Not Need It Than To Need It And Not Have It.

Birthplace

Born:
6/6/1959
Birth Location:
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Music Producer
Songwriter

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Hamburgers
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Favorite Quote:
Better To Have It And Not Need It Than To Need It And Not Have It.

Birthplace

Born:
6/6/1959
Birth Location:
Minneapolis
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Biography

Music producer and songwriter James “Jimmy Jam” Harris, III was born on June 6, 1959 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Harris grew up in Minneapolis where he met Terry Stevens Lewis while attending a college preparatory program on the University of Minnesota campus. Harris and Lewis formed a band called, “Flyte Tyme,” which later changed its name to, “The Time.”

In 1981, Harris began touring with music artist Prince as his opening act. As a member of The Time, Harris contributed to three of the group’s four albums including The Time, What Time is It, and Pandemonium. Then, in 1982, Harris and Lewis met Dina R. Andrews, who would later assist the duo in establishing Flyte Tyme Productions, a business entity. Flyte Tyme Productions joined with A & M Records in 1991 to create Perspective Records, which, from 1993 to 1996, released most of A & M Record’s urban acts. In 1998, Perspective Records closed its doors and Harris and Lewis opened the Flyte Tyme Recording Studio in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They signed a three-year, joint venture with Arista Records in 2000, and then, in 2004, the duo relocated their recording studio to Santa Monica, California and renamed it Flyte Tyme West. On January 30, 2013, Harris and Lewis signed an exclusive worldwide publishing administration agreement with Universal Music Publishing Group.

Harris and Lewis have produced more number one songs and award winning albums than any other songwriting and production team in history. They have been credited with over one-hundred Billboard top ten songs, twenty-six number one R & B hits and sixteen number one Hot 100 hits with artists such as Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Boyz II Men, and Johnny Gill. In addition, Harris and Lewis have received five Grammy awards and one-hundred ASCAP awards for songwriting and song publishing. In 2005, they became the first recipients of the Heritage Award who were producers as well as songwriters. Harris and Lewis were honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2010, and the duo was inducted into The Soul Music Hall of Fame at SoulMusic.com in December of 2012.

James “Jimmy Jam” Harris, III was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on December 19, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III talks about his parents' occupations
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III describes his likeness to his parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III recalls his early neighborhood
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  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III recalls the demographics of his early community
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III remembers his early education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III talks about his elementary school music program
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III describes his early religious experiences
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III recalls attending Bryant Junior High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III remembers meeting Prince at Bryant Junior High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III remembers meeting Terry Lewis
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III talks about developing a musical relationship with Terry Lewis
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III remembers attending Alexander Ramsey Junior High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III recalls performing with his high school bands
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III talks about his early musical interests
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III recalls recording with Mind and Matter
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III talks about his parents' separation
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III recalls his decision to leave high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III remembers his rivalry with Terry Lewis
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III recalls joining Flyte Tyme
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III describes the close knit music community in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III talks about the 1970s music scene of Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III remembers his first tour with Prince
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III describes working with Prince
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III recalls his touring experiences with Prince and The Time
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III talks about performing live with The Time
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III remembers deciding to travel with Terry Lewis to Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III describes his experiences in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III recalls Prince's reaction to his work with Terry Lewis
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III remembers the start of his working relationship with Clarence Avant
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III recalls being fired by Prince, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III recalls being fired by Prince, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III recalls being fired by Prince, pt. 3
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III talks about leaving The Time
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III describes the careers of The Time's band members
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III remembers Jerome Benton, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III remembers Jerome Benton, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III describes the relationship between Prince and The Time
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III remembers his first gold records
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III remembers meeting music executive John McClain
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III describes his first project with Janet Jackson, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III describes his first project with Janet Jackson, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III talks about the inspiration behind Janet Jackson's album 'Control'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III describes his partnership with Terry Lewis, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III describes his partnership with Terry Lewis, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III talks about using technology as a producer, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III talks about using technology as a producer, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III remembers writing the song 'Tender Love'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III describes the relationship between an artist and songwriter
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III remembers working on 'Rhythm Nation 1814,' pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III remembers working on 'Rhythm Nation 1814,' pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III talks about his goal as a producer
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III talks about being recognized as a celebrity
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris III remembers winning his first Grammy Award, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III remembers winning his first Grammy Award, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III recalls reuniting with The Time
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III talks about establishing a partnership with A&M Records
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III remembers working with The Human League
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III recalls his attempt to buy the Minnesota Timberwolves, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III recalls his attempt to buy the Minnesota Timberwolves, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III remembers Kirby Puckett
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III talks about his projects in the late 1990s
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III recalls producing Yolanda Adams' 'Open My Heart'
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III remembers producing the NBA theme music
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III describes meeting his wife Lisa Padilla Harris, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III describes meeting his wife Lisa Padilla Harris, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III remembers working with Arista Records
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III talks about the 2002 Grammy Awards
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III recalls moving to Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III remembers the Janet Jackson album 'Damita Jo'
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III describes the Flyte Tyme Productions, Inc. studio in Santa Monica, California
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III remembers working with Chaka Khan
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III talks about Chaka Khan's singing talents
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III recalls playing with The Time for the 2008 Grammy Awards, pt. 1
  • Tape: 9 Story: 8 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III recalls playing with The Time for the 2008 Grammy Awards, pt. 2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 9 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III remembers reuniting with The Time in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III recalls forming a deal with Universal Music Publishing Group, pt. 1
  • Tape: 10 Story: 2 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III recalls forming a deal with Universal Publishing Group, pt. 2
  • Tape: 10 Story: 3 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III talks about his children, pt. 1
  • Tape: 10 Story: 4 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III talks about his children, pt. 2
  • Tape: 10 Story: 5 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 10 Story: 6 - James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, III describes how he would like to be remembered