Boyd Jarvis

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Boyd H. Jarvis
Birth nameBoyd Henry Jarvis
Also known asBoyd Jarvis
Born(1958-10-26)October 26, 1958
New York City
DiedFebruary 17, 2018(2018-02-17) (aged 59)
East Orange, New Jersey
GenresPost-disco, garage house, dub, deep house, urban
InstrumentsVocals, synthesizer, keyboards
Years active1981–2017
LabelsPrelude, Wave Music, 4th & B'way Records
Associated actsTimmy Regisford, Visual, Billie
WebsiteTwitter page

Boyd H. Jarvis (October 26, 1958 – February 17, 2018)[1] was an American record producer, remixer and musician, best known for his song, co-written with Jason Smith, "The Music Got Me"; released in 1983 by Prelude Records. He has collaborated with artists such as Herbie Hancock, La Toya Jackson and Johnny Kemp.[2]

Boyd Jarvis started his career as an intern for renowned professor of Anthropology Pearl Primus, training under Sandra Ross in theater lighting and set design. He went on to design lighting for shows in Lincoln center, Perry Street theater, and Riverside church theater.

In the early 1980s, a time in which NYC was the world’s nexus of burgeoning musical movements such as underground club/post-disco, rap, hip hop and electro, Jarvis created a musical sound through the use of home made, reel to reel and hand-played sparse synthesizer & drum machine tracks that were featured extensively as overdubs on early-mid '80s NYC WBLS FM “extended music sweeps” with DJs Timmy Regisford and later, Merlin Bobb. Those unreleased tracks, as well as records, were widely played in other parts of the world club scene, and in Chicago were the crucial element in the Chicago house music revolution that swept Europe in the mid-late 80s and continues as the world’s foremost dance music. His influence was also felt in mainstream dance music when British producers, following a mid-80s NYC visit and exposure to Jarvis vocalist Colonel Abrams, created similar records with Rick Astley, known for the hit “Never Gonna Give You Up”.[citation needed]

In 1990, Jarvis sued Robert Clivillés and David Cole of C+C Music Factory for copyright infringement over their song "Get Dumb", which illegally incorporates parts of "The Music Got Me".[3][4]

He resided in New Jersey with his wife and continued to write, record, and produce music under his label, CFX Records.

Solo career[edit]

He worked as a session musician for John "Jellybean" Benitez, Wally Jump, Jr. & the Criminal Element, Colonel Abrams, Herbie Hancock, and dance-pop acts like Club Nouveau and Pretty Poison.[5] and as a producer and remixer he collaborated with Little Louie Vega and François Kevorkian.[6]


Jarvis v. A & M Records is one of the early cases involving digital sampling.[3]

It is hard to believe that [a re-release of "The Music Got Me"] would be successful

— Robert Clivillés after being told that he and David Cole injured Jarvis' career by releasing "Get Dumb (Free Your Body)", [3]


"Get Dumb! (Free Your Body)" was recorded and released under names 'The Crew (featuring Freedom Williams)' and 'Seduction'. Multiple versions were released by Vendetta Records (sublabel of A&M Records).

"Get Dumb", written by Cole and Clivilles, incorporated elements of "The Music Got Me", most noticeably a distinctive keyboard riff and the bridge section composed of free your body sounds. Jarvis claimed that he has been damaged by $15 million, however he failed to demonstrate the amount of actual damages, which are measured by "[the] extent to which the market value of the copyrighted work at the time of infringement has been injured or destroyed by such infringement."[7] Total damage was estimated at $95,872, using the data from "Get Dumb" profits.[3]



Year Single Label Recorded by Notes
1983 "The Music Got Me" Prelude Records Visual
1983 "Somehow, Someway" Prelude Records Visual
1984 "Release The Tension" 4th & B'way Records Circuit
1984 " A Little Help (From My Friends)" 4th & B'way Records
1985 " Battles of the Beats" Next Plateau Records Inc. Boyd Jarvis co-produced by Timmy Regisford
1985 "One Love" Supertronics Janice Christie co-produced by Timmy Regisford
1986 "Central Line" Fleetwood Records Level 3 Reissued and remixed in 2001 as Boyd Jarvis feat. Level 3
1986 "Hey Boy" Supertronics Tammy Lucas Co-writer with Tammy Lucas. Co-produced with Timmy Regisford.
1986 "Nobody's Business" Fleetwood Records Billie Co-produced with Timmy Regisford.
1987 "Love Reaction" Minimal Records React Co-produced with Timmy Regisford.
1987 "I've Got the Music" Movin' Records
1991 "Blink Blink" Movin' Records Boyd Jarvis At Last
1997 "Stomp" Novus/Cisco Instrumental version of Visual's 'The Musics Got Me
1997 "Tribal Juice" Jazz Club Records Nyles-Jarvis Project
1997 "We Can work It Out" Jazz Club Records Nyles-Jarvis Project
1997 "Love and Respect" Maxi Records Carlos Sanchez Movement
1997 "2000 Miles - A Tribute to Miles Davis" Jazz Club Records Jazz Explosion
1998 "It's You" Lifeline Records Level 3
1999 "Alibokolijah" Shelter Boyd Jarvis
1999 "Dis Poem" Guidance Recordings Mutabaruka Co-produced with Joe Claussell.
1999 "Right Size" U.N.I.T.Y Records Boyd Jarvis
2000 "Elements" (EP) Dance Tracks Boyd Jarvis
2000 "Atmos-Fear" Wave Music Boyd Jarvis
2000 "Jazz Funeral" Guidance Recordings Joe Claussell & Chuck Perkins
2001 "Sunny Days" Wave Music Boyd Jarvis
2002 "Don't Deny Love" King Street Sounds Boyd Jarvis
2004 "Keep It Moving" Trax Records Boyd Jarvis

Other selected credits[edit]

Year Single Label Recorded by Notes
1983 "I Got a Song For You" Half Moon Records Free Russell Mixed by Boyd Jarvis and Timmy Regisford
1984 "Sidewalk Talk" EMI America Jellybean Synthesizer
1984 "On the Floor" Half Moon Records Tony Cook & The Party People Remix
1985 "Can't Wait Until Tomorrow" Cootillion Johnny Gill Remix
1988 "A.C." MCA Records The Crusaders
1988 "Don't Be Cruel" Bobby Brown
1988 "You Laid Your Love on Me" Motown Gerald Alston Additional overdubs
1988 "Secret Rendezvous" Warner Bros. Records Karyn White Programming
1988 "Lovin' on Next to Nothin' MCA Records Gladys Knight & The Pips
1988 "Beat Wise" Columbia Herbie Hancock Keyboards
1988 "Wonderful' Reprise Records Rick James Keyboard Programming
1988 "Stop It" (LP) EMI-Manhattan Evelyn King Bass
1988 "Watching You" Virgin Records Loose Ends Keyboards
1988 "Dancin' with Myself" Columbia Records Johnny Kemp Additional production
1988 "Addicted to You" ATCO Records LeVert Co-producer (overdubs)
1989 "That's the Way Love Is" Atlantic Ten City Mixed by
1989 "Life Is a Dance: The Remix Project" (LP) Virgin Records Chaka Khan Keyboard Programming
1994 "I Get Lifted" Strictly Rhythm Barabara Tucker Keyboards
1997 "Lost and Found" Columbia D*Note Programming, arranging
1998 "Innerside" Columbia Shazz Remix
2001 "Speak To Me Lord" Estereo Roland Clark Remix
2001 "London Lowdown" Spiritual Life Music Ronny Jordan Keyboards
2001 "Dan Gna" Les Go Keyboards
2001 "Touch" Wave Records Milk & Honey Engineer & Remix

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Slotnik, Daniel E. (March 1, 2018). "Boyd Jarvis, Whose Synthesizer Fueled Dance Music, Dies at 59". The New York Times. Archived from the original on March 2, 2018. Retrieved March 2, 2018.
  2. ^ "Dancin' With Myself" by Johnny Kemp. Retrieved 2011-12-17.
  3. ^ a b c d Jarvis v. A & M Records 827 F. Supp. 282 (D.N.J. 1993) UCLA Archived April 15, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Anonymous, (West Publishing Company) (1993). West's federal supplement. U.S.: West Pub. Co., 1993, West Publishing Company. p. 299.
  5. ^ Jellybean at Discogs. Retrieved 2011.
  6. ^ Boyd Jarvis – Credits. Retrieved 2011-12-17
  7. ^ Nimmer, supra, Sec. 14.02, at 14–8 to −9