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Jimmy Jam Wants To Produce The Songs In Prince’s Vault


Reposted from Contact Music (here)

Grammy Award-winning producer Jimmy Jam is hoping he’ll get the keys to late singer Prince’s vault, so he can take charge of the Purple Rain hitmaker’s thousands of unreleased songs.


Jimmy, who grew up with the music icon in Minnesota, once played in singer’s band, but he and sidekick Terry Lewis were fired when Prince discovered they were moonlighting with the SOS Band.

Jam tells Access Hollywood Live he had not spoken to his old friend for months before his sudden death on Thursday (21Apr16), but he does recall a conversation they had about Prince’s fabled Paisley Park vault – where the prolific musician kept all his song ideas and unreleased recordings.

“The vaults are amazing,” Jimmy says. (There’s) probably thousands (of recorded songs).

“We actually talked about that… and we told Prince we wanted to produce them, that that was one of the things on our bucket list. And he laughed and he said, ‘OK, what would you do?’

“I said, ‘The first thing we’d do is we’d go down to the vault and we’d get all those records… and start working with those’, and he said, ‘OK’… It’s great music.”

And Jimmy admits that even though Prince fired him, the two always remained good friends.

“Prince told us he didn’t want us to produce and write for any other acts and we did and he found out about it and subsequently fired us,” Jam recalls. “We knew there was a picture of us in Billboard magazine of us working with these people, the SOS Band, and we were trying to hide every (copy of) Billboard magazine we could find. He finally did (see it).”

Paying tribute to his late friend, Jimmy Jam insists no one in the music business worked harder.

“He expected excellence from everybody… He had the discipline like James Brown, like the way James Brown used to operate his bands – you had to be ready at any moment to switch a song, change the key to a song… but his work ethic was beyond everybody else’s.

“It’s like (basketball great) Michael Jordan – the most talented guy walks into the gym and already has the talent… but then he’s gonna outwork you… That’s the way Prince was.”


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