Black Music Month Spotlight: Jimmy Jam And Terry Lewis
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on MadameNoire February 7, 2017.
Call me ignorant but until I watched the New Edition biopic, I had no idea that they produced “Can You Stand The Rain.” Then watching some old YouTube interviews, I heard their names in connection with a gospel artist who I’ll mention later. I knew their working relationship with Janet Jackson runs deep but I was wondering just how many songs, songs that I know and love, were these two behind? Turns out, quite a bit. You’ll be amazed scrolling through their extensive Wikipedia page. But the songs that stuck out to me, the ones that are in my iTunes collection, are listed on the following pages. Check them out.
4 Seasons of Loneliness – Boyz II Men
Since they worked so closely with New Edition, it would only make sense that they collaborate with the group Michael Bivins discovered. What’s so impressive though is the fact that they were working with them years after they broke into the business.