The J.J. Band

The J.J. Band

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The year was 1966. The city was Charleroi in Belgium, where the two Portugese brothers Toni and Fernando Lameirinhas (alias Tony & Wando Lam) founded the band “Jess & James” as Belgiums answer to soul music. They had lived in England before, catching the soul virus while playing in various beat bands like “Screaming Lord Sutch”. Their song “Move” suddenly became a massive hit all over Europe in 1967 and the band consequently produced three soul pop albums under the name of “Jess & James” until 1969 for the Palette/ Belter label. The boys were being discovered as a sure-fire commercial attraction in Belgium and Spain, but the fast success soon led to musical dissension within the group.

At the same time, the backing band of “Jess & James” started to separate under the name “J.J. Band” to experiment with new sounds, finally developing into a more soul jazz orientated outfit. A constant creative growth lyrically and musically within the group was self-evident in this first album simply entitled “The J.J. Band”. The new formation was led by arranger Ralph Benatar (Sax and Flute), Douglas Lucas (Trumpet) and Francis Weyer (aka Francis Goya/ Guitar), who all played leading roles on most of the “El Chicles” and “Chakachas” related releases of the times.

The minds behind the J.J. Band, Benatar and Lucas, started to write own material for the first longplay release aswell as taking famous songs and truely give them a new and more complex sound, with small horn & flute section, very diverse guitar moods and eclectic but excellent percussion sounds throughout. The LP was produced in 1970 by Roland Kluger, brother of composer and producer Jean Kluger, and solely pressed in small amounts by Polydor Records in Belgium and Canada.

Jess & James aka the Lameirinhas brothers themselves moved to Amsterdam and transformed into the unsuccessful Latin Jazz band “Sail-Joia” in 1975. At this point the short career of the J.J. Band was already finished. In 1971 the famous drummer Bruno Castellucci helped out on the sessions for the J.J. Bands second album, also entitled “The J.J. Band”, recorded at Chappell Studios London. Their style had developed more and more towards progressive rock and although this final album was produced by the great Brian Bennett and released on CBS Records in the UK, it passed rather unnoticed. Then the musicians changed their name to Plus in 1972 and released a “real final” album on the label Pink Elephant, that should become another impossible to find collectors item.
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The J.J. Band Discography Tracks

Albums

MPB S-3114 Jess & James And The J.J. Band Jess & James And The J.J. Band - Move(LP, Album) Palette MPB S-3114 Netherlands 1968 Sell This Version
The J.J. Band The J.J. Band (Album) Polydor Canada 1970 Sell This Version
75.007 The J.J. Band The J.J. Band(LP) Belter 75.007 Spain 1970 Sell This Version
The J.J. Band J.J. Band (Album) CBS UK 1971 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Jess And James* With The J.J. Band Jess And James* With The J.J. Band - Move / What Was I Born For (Single) Palette UK 1967 Sell This Version
Jess & James With The J.J. Band Jess & James With The J.J. Band - I Let The Day Go By (Single) Palette Netherlands 1968 Sell This Version
Jess & James And The J.J Band* Jess & James And The J.J Band* - Thank You Show Biz / Motherless Child (Single) Palette Netherlands 1968 Sell This Version
PB 25.790 The J.J. Band Cousins Jack/Nicky's At The P.C(7") Palette PB 25.790 Belgium 1968 Sell This Version
3338 The J.J. Band Oh! Mama(7", Single, Mono) Polydor 3338 Belgium 1969 Sell This Version
The J.J. Band Love In Them There Hills / We've Been So Happy (Single) Polydor Netherlands 1971 Sell This Version
The J.J. Band Pacific Coast Thunderball (Single) CBS Spain 1971 Sell This Version
The J.J. Band Somebody Help Me (Single) CBS Netherlands 1971 Sell This Version
2051 046 The J.J. Band Get Together(7", Single) Polydor 2051 046 Belgium Unknown Sell This Version
DCB 3701 Theo (15) & J.J.Band* Theo (15) & J.J.Band* - Rocky Star(7", Single) Decibelle DCB 3701 France Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

295 376 Jess & James And The J.J. Band Jess & James And The J.J. Band - The Best Of...(CD, Comp) Ariola Express 295 376 Benelux 1989 Sell This Version
PRCD 042 J.J. Band* Jingles & Co.(CD, Comp) Primrose Music PRCD 042 Italy 1990 Sell This Version

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