Jimmy George is a multiple Grammy nominee for best songwriter. His songs, I'll Always Love You and Just To See Her, have won nominations for Taylor Dayne, and a Grammy for Smokey Robinson, as Best Vocal Performer. As a studio guitarist in Los Angeles, he has played on major number one hit records, arranged and produced top recording artists. He has his own state-of-the-art recording studio where he produces, composes and arranges artists for his own company, Jimmy George Productions, Inc. A recording artist in his own right, he enjoyed two vocal hits with Mercury records while attending the University of North Texas.
Soon after arriving in Los Angeles, he met Dobie Gray and co-wrote Dobie's For In Crowder's #1 album. His jazz background secured his guitar playing with pianist Les McCann. He produced the Mary Kaye Trio, and played in night clubs in the Los Angeles area. Later, he joined the Beach Boys, spending the next two years touring the United States and Europe.
As an exclusive songwriter with Liberty/United Artists Records, Jimmy wrote and recorded with Mac Davis, Jackie De Shannon, Dr. John, and many others. Captivated by the "Detroit sound", he signed exclusively with Motown and Jobete Music as a writer/producer. He played guitar on Motown hits for Michael Jackson, The Jackson Five, Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, Thelma Houston, and others. He has performed, recorded with, and backed up Etta James, Little Richard, Johnny Taylor, Leon Russell, Chuck Berry, Brenton Wood, Leon Haywood, Lowell Fulsom, Ike and Tina Turner, and Kenny Rogers. His songs have been recorded by Carl Anderson, O.C. Smith, Chuck Jackson, Cuba Gooding, Nancy Sinatra, Bobby Womack, Hamilton Joe Frank and Reynolds, Donnie Gerrard, Bobby Caldwell, The Commodores, Bobby Taylor, The Fifth Dimension, Smokey Robinson, Walter Jackson. The Rivingtons, Helen Baylor, Ernie Andrews, Taylor Dayne, the Temptations, and George Benson. Please see his BMI Discography and ASCAP Discography.
Jimmy discovered singer Robert Winters and used him on a few demos, liked his voice, and co-wrote Magic Man, which was recorded as a demo. Clive Davis released Magic Man, and it was a top three R&B record. Today, it is still being played on the top R&B stations. He co-wrote and produced The House Is Rockin' (Bobby Caldwell) on their own A Side Records label, and it became a #1 dance hit in Miami and London.
Jimmy has written and published countless songs, and has played major venues worldwide. He has appeared in concerts with Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Miles, Sly and the Family Stone, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Janis Joplin, Three Dog Night, and many others. He has performed on television commercials and such television programs as American Bandstand, The Grammy Awards, The Midnight Special, and ABC's 20/20.
He toured as a guitarist/bass player with Shaun Cassidy, Leif Garrett, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, and produced Gary on the Sceptor record label. He has composed and produced music in such films as Breakin' 2, Electric Boogaloo, and I'm Gonna Git Ya Sucker, (the Keenan Ivory Wayans film that spawned In Living Color) in which Jennifer Holliday sang Magic Man. Jimmy co-wrote Just To See Her, recorded by Smokey Robinson. The song was a smash Adult Contemporary and R&B hit, and in the pop Top Ten in Billboard magazine for four weeks. It earned two Grammy nominations. I Wonder Who She's Seeing Now by the Temptations, was a George/Pardini top ten R&B hit. Jimmy wrote Taylor Dayne's classic single, I'll Always Love You, which won the #1 Adult Contemporary song of the year in Radio And Records magazine, and won two Grammy nominations for Jimmy and Taylor. Her album scored triple platinum sales. He co-wrote Real Thing, with Bobby Caldwell, which was a hit in Asia.
Three of Jimmy's songs are on George Benson's #1 album, Love Remembers. Two of the songs were released as singles. He has produced and written for The Commodores, scoring a hit in Japan with Everything Reminds Me Of You. He composed five songs for O.C. Smith, two on Cuba Gooding's Main Ingredient album, and two on Chuck Jackson's new album with Dionne Warwick. He co-wrote five songs on Lou Pardini's debut JVC album, A Night To Remember.
Jimmy is a member of Local 47 Musicians Union in Los Angeles; American Federation of Television and Radio Artists; the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, and the Los Angeles World Affairs Council.