Flyte Tyme (band)

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Flyte Tyme
Origin Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Genres Pop, rock, R&B, Funk
Years active - 1979
Associated acts The Time
Past members Cynthia Johnson
Terry Lewis
Jellybean Johnson
Anton (Tony) Johnson
Jimmy "Jam" Harris
David Eiland

Flyte Tyme was a funk band from Minneapolis which launched the careers of vocalist Cynthia Johnson and Grammy-winning producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.


Flyte Tyme began as a Minneapolis funk unit, taking its name from a 1972 Donald Byrd song. The group was known as "Wars of Armageddon" before becoming Flyte Tyme.

The group featured Cynthia Johnson on lead vocals, Garry "Jellybean" Johnson on drums, Tony Johnson on lead guitar, keyboardists Jimmy "Jam" Harris and Monte Moir, and Terry Lewis on bass. It also had a horn section, with David Eiland on saxophone. When Cynthia Johnson left the band, Alexander O'Neal was her replacement. Cynthia would later gain fame as the voice of Lipps Inc's worldwide #1 hit, "Funkytown."

When Prince in 1981 created The Time, a side project, he built it around Flyte Tyme, and recruited guitarist Jesse Johnson and childhood friend and drummer Morris Day from "Enterprise", another local band.

Jam & Lewis left The Time in 1983 to pursue an independent writing and producing career. They resurrected the Flyte Tyme name for their production company and later, their record label.


In 2013, two unreleased songs were released on the "Purple Snow - Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound" compilation.

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