Jimmy Jam can’t remember the executive’s name. But he definitely recalls the panic in his voice.
It was 1998, and the veteran songwriter and producer was at work with his longtime creative partner, Terry Lewis, on a movie project for the same studio preparing to release that year’s “Dr. Dolittle” reboot starring Eddie Murphy. Aaliyah, the 19-year-old R&B singer with a string of sultry hits, had just turned in her contribution to the “Dolittle” soundtrack, which left this Hollywood suit on the phone in need of reassurance from an experienced hand.
Today the song, “Are You That Somebody?,”