Flyte Tyme (band)
|Origin||Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States|
|Genres||Pop, rock, R&B, Funk|
|Years active||- 1979|
|Associated acts||The Time|
|Past members||Cynthia Johnson
Anton (Tony) Johnson
Jimmy "Jam" Harris
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.
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.
- Official website of Cynthia Johnson
- Photos of Flyte Tyme - Minnesota Historical Society
- Purple Snow - Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound
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