1. Ya Turned Me On, Baby (2:22)
2. My Cigarette and I (2:24)
3. Love Come Take Me Again (2:26)
4. Like Someone in Love (2:25)
5. This Ole House (2:14)
6. The Sound of Money (2:28)
7. Let There Be Love (1:52)
8. Bewitched (2:52)
9. Baby Won't You Please Come Home (2:21)
10. Little Boy Blue (2:37)
11. Here's Love (2:13)
12. Laugh It Up (2:27)
A Lot of Livin' to Do (2:23)
Here's an album-sized helping of the most listened-to group of the 1960s to help you chase those economic blues away. THE REMARKABLE J'S WITH JAMIE was the group's second studio album, featuring a variety of standards, Broadway show tunes, and originals. This is one of the best takes on "This Ole House" that you're ever likely to hear, and "Laugh It Up" is a guaranteed spirit lifter.
I've also included "A Lot of Livin' to Do," the group's contribution to Columbia's TWO FOR THE AISLE compilation of popular Broadway tunes.
For a group so often heard on the radio, beloved by fans and prolific in the advertising industry, there isn't a lot known about the J's with Jamie. My previous post of AMANA SIDE BY SIDE got me in touch with Jamie herself, and she agreed to answer a few questions via e-mail. You'll find my questions and her answers after the jump.
How many commercials did the group record?
25 or 30 commercials per week for nearly decade (1958-67)
What was a typical recording session like? Were they done quickly in a few takes, or was there a lot of production involved?
A typical session for local commercials usually lasted an hour. Major national products like Schlitz Beer and Sears would take a few hours to complete. The jingle was the thing and little or no production was the main thing.
Was singing a goal for you or a dream that came true?
I was trained as a dancer...singing just happened when I was 16 years old. I never had any formal training as a singer. I did work with a pianist who who got me an audition to become the lead singer for The Mellowlarks, a successful 50's night club and recording quartet. I was hired shortly after graduating from high school. I went on the road as lead singer for 5 years. I also appeared on a live NBC national show from Chicago called Club 60 for a year. I left the group in 1958 and began doing commercials immediately. We formed the J's With Jamie in 1958 from our base in Chicago.
Who influenced you as a singer?
You were nominated for a Grammy for Best New Act in 1964. How much temptation was there to record more albums and go on tour?
Opportunities did occur, but with two young daughters, I did not want to go on the road anymore.
When did the group disband? What happened to the rest of the group?
Despite out extraordinary success in Chicago, we disbanded the group and relocated to New York City in 1967 and formed a commercial production house. Our bass Len Dressler and tenor Don Shelton stayed in Chicago and continued to sing.
How come none of the albums have been released on CD?
I don't know why no CDs have been produced. I am flattered indeed to know that we have influenced other singers. I had a great time doing what I did and am proud our success.
My thanks to Jamie for taking the time to write to me and, of course, for all the wonderful music she helped to make.