J. R. Bailey

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James Ralph Bailey (1932 – 1980) was an R&B singer and songwriter.


J. R. had been a member of doo wop groups The Halos, The Cadillacs, and The Crickets (not Buddy Holly's Crickets), and also recorded as a solo artist. He also wrote several hit songs for other artists including "Everybody Plays the Fool" by The Main Ingredient, "Sweet Music, Soft Lights And You" by Isaac Hayes & Millie Jackson, "Love, Love, Love" by Donny Hathaway, and "Just Me And You" by Erasmus Hall. He also co-wrote songs with New York singer Vernon Harrell (who had performed with The Coasters). "Soul Shing-A-Ling" and "Seven Days Too Long" by Chuck Wood in 1966, and "Sweet, Sweet Lovin'" by The Platters in 1967 were among songs written by Bailey and Harrell. The pair also co-wrote Harrell's release "Do It To It" in 1969 on Calla Records with J. Robinson. His song "Let Me Prove My Love to You", which was originally performed by The Main Ingredient, was sampled for Alicia Keys' 2003 single "You Don't Know My Name".

He began his solo career in 1968. Bailey released a record on Calla Records that year called "Love Won't Wear Off." It was written and produced by Billy Guy of The Coasters. Bailey and Billy Guy had a record company called GuyJim Records.



  • Rockin' Rollin' And Strollin' (Capitol #965) (1958)
  • Just Me N' You (MAM #5011) (1974)
  • Love And Conversation (United Artists #815) (1977)

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