Terry Lewis

In collaboration with partner Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis emerged as one of the most successful producers and writers of the 1980s, his long history of pace-setting R&B, club, and pop hits reaching its apex on a series of smash records for Janet Jackson. Born November 21, 1956, in Omaha, NE, he first met Jam (then James Harris III) while attending high school in Minneapolis, and together they formed Flyte Tyme, a popular Twin Cities band that in 1981 evolved into the Time, a group led by Prince protégé Morris Day. Shortly after the release of the Time's Prince-produced eponymous debut LP, Jam and Lewis formed Flyte Time Productions. In March 1983, while touring with the Time in support of Prince, the duo took advantage of a short break in their schedule to fly to Atlanta to produce a handful of tracks for the S.O.S. Band's On the Rise LP. After a freak blizzard left Jam and Lewis stranded in Georgia and unable to make it to the next Time show, Prince dismissed them from the band; fortunately, their S.O.S. Band track "Just Be Good to Me" soon became a smash and their career as producers was well on its way.

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