From their golden Columbia years, a previously unknown J's with Jamie single has surfaced. I'll let Jim Maroney, who was kind enough to share these tracks with us, fill in some details:
"In my two-year extensive search for their recordings, this never came up anywhere! I had no idea this recording existed. Do a Google search of "J's with Jamie" along with either song title or Columbia record # and you'll get nothing.
"All of a sudden, this appeared last week on e-Bay - nobody else bid on it, so I got it for 99 cents!
"The killer is that this is one of their very best - if not THE best - singles release, especially since they're not available anywhere else. Both songs are top-shelf and sung great!
"Both songs are the title cuts from Broadway shows of that time by well-known show composers - 'Little Me' by Cy Coleman (book by Neil Simon), and 'Come On Strong' by Sammy Cahn.
"The labels on both sides of the 45 are written on (a radio station copy) with the date 1/1/63 on one side."
I'll second Jim's enthusiasm. This is that swinging sound with smooth harmonies and Jamie's voice at the front that makes their other recordings lost gems of the early 1960s.