Jimmy Lewis

Jimmy Lewis

Real Name:
James Eddie Lewis.
American rhythm and blues (and soul) singer and songwriter.

Born : November 19, 1939 in Itta Bena, near Greenwood, Mississippi.
Died : September 10, 2004 in USA.
Not to be confused with jazz bassist (born in Nashville, TN)Jimmy Lewis (1918-2000).

In his youth Lewis travelled extensively, leading to doubts about his place of birth. Some sources suggest this was Nashville, Tennessee, although Itta Bena, Mississippi, seems more likely. While still young, he settled in Los Angeles where he became interested in making a career in music, in particular developing a talent for writing lyrics. He made records for various small labels, enjoying modest success for ERA Records with "Wait Until Spring" and "What Can I Do Now". In the mid-60s he joined Bill Pinkney, Gerhart Thrasher and Bobby Hollis in The Drifters. Later in the 60s, he teamed up with Ray Charles to record a duet, "If It Wasn't For Bad Luck". Lewis' relationship with Charles was very successful and in 1969 he was co-composer and arranger for Charles' Grammy Award-nominated "Doing His Thing". Lewis also recorded several 45s for Charles' Tangerine Records and continued writing material for Charles into the 90s.

Although Lewis recorded as a raw and emotional soul singer, he is best remembered as a writer of soul lyrics, collaborating with Cliff Chambers, Arthur Adams, Frank Johnson, Raymond Jackson and Rich Cason among several composers. Artists who have sung his songs, often on record, are Bobby Bland, Solomon Burke, Ry Cooder, Rita Coolidge, Leon Haywood, Z.Z. Hill, Albert King, Latimore (2), Denise LaSalle, Little Richard, Johnnie Taylor, Ted Taylor, and Bobby Womack. Among songs in Lewis' repertoire, many of which are his own compositions, are "No Chicken Wings", "String Bean", "Stop Half Loving These Women", "I'm Just Doing To You (What You Done To Me)", "Help Me Understand You", "The Love Doctor", "How Long Is A Heartache Supposed To Last", "It Ain't What's On The Woman", "Betty This And Betty That", "Still Wanna Be Black Again", "Don't Send A Girl To Do A Woman's Job", "Wife #1, Wife #2" and "That Baby Ain't Black Enough".

In the early 1990s, Lewis started his own label, Miss Butch Records, on which he recorded Peggy Scott, "I'm Willing To Be A Friend" and "Bill", and Chuck Strong, as well as himself through into the year before his death in 2004.

This artist is not to be confused with other Nashville native of the same name, jazz bass player Jimmy Lewis (2)
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Jimmy Lewis Discography


HA500000 Jimmy Lewis Totally Involved (Album) Hotlanta HA500000 US 1974 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

C-123 Jimmy Lewis Goodby Sorrow / Teenage Sister(7", Single) Cyclone C-123 US 1962 Sell This Version
508 Jimmy Lewis Feelin In Mah Bones / Koppin A Plea 4 J Records 508 1963 Sell This Version
503 Jimmy Lewis Wait Until Spring 4 J Records 503 US 1963 Sell This Version
4J-512 Jimmy Lewis Don't Let'Em / I Have Love (For You) (Single) 4 J Records 4J-512 US 1964 Sell This Version
MIN 32017 Jimmy Lewis The Girls From Texas / Let Me Know (Single) Minit MIN 32017 US 1966 Sell This Version
3158 Jimmy Lewis One Love / What Can I Do Now(7", Single, Promo) ERA Records 3158 US 1966 Sell This Version
32038 Jimmy Lewis Turn Your Damper Down / Where Is My Baby(7", Single, Promo) Minit 32038 US 1968 Sell This Version
TRC 1000 Jimmy Lewis I Quit, You Win / I Can't Get No Lovin Nowhere Tangerine Records TRC 1000 US 1969 Sell This Version
TRC-994 Jimmy Lewis I'm Stepping Out / Let's Call The Whole Thing Off Tangerine Records TRC-994 US 1969 Sell This Version
FSS 643 Ray Charles & Jimmy Lewis Ray Charles & Jimmy Lewis - If It Wasn't For Bad Luck(7", Single) Stateside FSS 643 France 1969 Sell This Version
TRC-1012 Jimmy Lewis That's A Girl For You/I Just Want To Talk About You Tangerine Records TRC-1012 US 1970 Sell This Version
VOA-4091 Jimmy Lewis Where Was He? / Stop Half Loving These Women Volt VOA-4091 US 1973 Sell This Version
VOA-4091 Jimmy Lewis Stop Half Loving These Women(7", Promo) Volt VOA-4091 US 1973 Sell This Version
HL-305 Jimmy Lewis It Ain't What's On The Woman Hotlanta HL-305 US 1974 Sell This Version
HL 304 Jimmy Lewis Is That Any Way To Treat A Lady Hotlanta HL 304 US 1974 Sell This Version
HLDJ 307 Jimmy Lewis Help Me Understand You (Single) Hotlanta HLDJ 307 US 1974 Sell This Version
HLDJ 301 Jimmy Lewis Is That Any Way To Treat A Lady(7", Single, Mono, Promo) Hotlanta HLDJ 301 US 1974 Sell This Version
HL 301 Jimmy Lewis Is That Any Way To Treat A Lady / There Ain't No Man That Can't Be Caught(7", Single) Hotlanta HL 301 US 1974 Sell This Version
none Jimmy Lewis Street Freeks(Acetate, 10") MCA Records none US 1984 Sell This Version
TRC-987 Jimmy Lewis We Can Make It / Two Women Tangerine Records TRC-987 US Unknown Sell This Version
MB-214 Jimmy Lewis Gossip From The Beauty Shop(7", Single) Miss Butch Records MB-214 US Unknown Sell This Version
J-04 Baby Face & Jimmy Lewis Band* When I'm Gone(7", Single, Mono) Ment J-04 US Unknown Sell This Version
MB-210 Peggy Scott And Jimmy Lewis Peggy Scott And Jimmy Lewis - See You Next Weekend(7") Miss Butch Records MB-210 US Unknown Sell This Version
J-03 Jimmy Lewis The Gypsey (7", Single, Mono) Ment J-03 US Unknown Sell This Version

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