|Birth name||Barbara Tamiko Ferguson|
|Also known as||Timiko
|Origin||Kyle, West Virginia, United States|
|Genres||R&B, soul, jazz|
|Labels||Checker, Golden World, Atlantic, A & M, December, Metromedia, Arista, Contempo, Atlantis, Polydor, Sutra|
|Associated acts||Herbie Mann
Tamiko Jones (born Barbara Tamiko Ferguson, 1945) is an American singer. Her most successful record was "Touch Me Baby (Reaching Out For Your Love)" in 1975.
She was born in Kyle, West Virginia, and has part Japanese, part British, and part Cherokee ancestry. She was raised in Detroit where she first started singing and made her professional debut in a club in 1961. She began her career performing pop songs in a jazz style. Her first record release, credited simply as Timiko, was "Is It A Sin?", issued by Checker Records in 1963. She then moved to the Atco label, recording "Rhapsody" as Tamiko in 1964.
By 1966 she had moved to the Golden World label, recording "I'm Spellbound", and then moved to Atlantic Records where she released several singles during 1967, including "Boy You're Growing On Me". That year, she also recorded the album A Mann and a Woman in Rio de Janeiro, with jazz flutist Herbie Mann. She also appeared as an extra in several movies in the 1960s. In 1968, after being hospitalised with polio, she met singer Solomon Burke, and they recorded several duets on his album I'll Be Anything for You. Jones became Burke's fiancée and manager for a time, and co-produced his single "Proud Mary". She also recorded the album I'll Be Anything For You, and a single "Goodnight My Love", for Creed Taylor's CTI label, followed by the album Tamiko for the December label. In 1969 her album In Muscle Shoals was issued on the Metromedia label.
Her first chart hit, and most successful record, was "Touch Me Baby (Reaching Out For Your Love)", written by Johnny Bristol and issued by Arista Records, which reached no. 12 on the Billboard R&B chart and no. 60 on the US pop chart in 1975. Its follow-up, "Just You and Me", reached no. 78 on the R&B chart, and she also released an album, Love Trip. In 1976, the single "Let It Flow" (no. 76 R&B) was released on the Contempo label, owned by John Abbey, the founder and editor of Blues & Soul magazine. She and Abbey married in Atlanta, Georgia in 1977.
In 1977, "Cloudy", on the Atlantis label, made no. 92 on the R&B chart, and in 1979 her version of "Can't Live Without Your Love", written and arranged by Randy Muller of Brass Construction and issued on the Polydor label, reached no. 70 on the same chart. Her last R&B chart hit was a version of Marvin Gaye's "I Want You", which made no. 81 on the Sutra label in 1986. In the early 1990s, she worked as Smokey Robinson's manager.
- A Mann & A Woman (with Herbie Mann, 1967)
- I'll Be Anything For You (1968)
- Tamiko (1968)
- In Muscle Shoals (1969)
- Love Trip (1975)
- Cloudy (1976)
- Let It Flow (1977)
|Year||Title||U.S. Pop||U.S. R&B|
|1975||"Touch Me Baby (Reaching Out for Your Love)"||
|"Just You and Me"||
|1976||"Let It Flow"||
|1979||"Can't Live Without Your Love"||
|1986||"I Want You"||
- Jet, Tamiko Jones profile, 16 March 1967, pp.60-62. Accessed 23 November 2012
- Whitburn, Joel (1996). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-1995. Record Research. p. 234.
- Tamiko Jones at SoulWalking.co.uk. Accessed 23 November 2012
- Allmusic.com, A Mann and a Woman. Accessed 23 November 2012
- Jet, "Black singer is wed to British record mogul", 1 December 1977, p.53. Accessed 23 November 2012