Jimmy Justice (musician)

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James Anthony Bernard Little (born 15 December 1939, Bermondsey, South London, England), known by his stage name Jimmy Justice, is a former English pop singer. He scored three Top 40 hits in the UK in 1962.


As a young man, James Little befriended Dave and George Sweetnam, who were stepbrothers of Emile Ford. Because of this, Little was occasionally invited to sing with the Checkmates, and was encouraged by Ford to start his own group.[1] After competing in a talent show he was noticed by executives from EMI, but he eventually signed with Pye Records instead at the urging of Ford.[2] His debut single, credited to "JJ & the Jury", was 1960's "I Understand". While "the Jury" was the name used for Justice's subsequent backing band, on this first recording he is backed by the Checkmates.

Despite "I Understand"'s lack of success, Pye offered Jimmy a three-year recording contract. While visiting his girlfriend, who lived in Sweden, he sang in clubs and on radio and television, resulting in his first major exposure; eventually, he would score a major hit in Sweden with the tune "Little Lonely One",[2] originally by the Jarmels.[1] He remained in Sweden during the time that his records began to break in the UK, with three of them hitting the UK Singles Chart in 1962; "When My Little Girl Is Smiling" (No. 9, March), "Ain't That Funny" (No. 8, June), and "Spanish Harlem" (No. 20, August).[2][3] His version of "When My Little Girl Is Smiling" had competition from both the Drifters original cut (UK No. 31) and Craig Douglas' cover (UK No. 9).[4]

Because of his general absence in UK at the time his records hit the record chart, he was unable to capitalize fully on his popularity in his home country.[2] Nevertheless, he undertook a Larry Parnes managed UK tour, headlined by Joe Brown and Billy Fury.[2] Meanwhile, Kapp Records picked up "When My Little Girl Is Smiling" for distribution in the U.S., where it peaked at No. 127.[5] His records were also popular throughout continental Europe and in Australia.

Justice released two albums in 1963 (I Wake Up Crying and Justice for All!) but soon faded in the wake of the beat group explosion. The former included a cover of Clyde McPhatter's hit "Since You've Been Gone".

In 2001, fifty of his Pye recordings were released on two compact discs by Castle Music.[5]

Personal life[edit]

He lives in Purley with his wife Sally, and has two grown up children Elliott and Layla, who live nearby.

UK singles chart hits[edit]


  1. ^ a b Jimmy Justice at Rockabilly.nl
  2. ^ a b c d e Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 1332. ISBN 0-85112-939-0.
  3. ^ "JIMMY JUSTICE | full Official Chart History". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 19 September 2021.
  4. ^ "When My Little Girl Is Smiling | full Official Chart History". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 19 September 2021.
  5. ^ a b Review of "Ain't That Funny". AllMusic
  6. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 294. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.

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