If bottled, the supply of musicians named Jimmy Harris seems enough to stock a liquor store, not a bad image considering how many of these players have been involved in the booze-friendly R&B genre. Bandleader Roy Brown, considered an innovator in the creation of rock & roll due to his unique combination of gospel and R&B feels, even had two of them in his bands at the same time.
Drummer James "Coatsville" Harris may have avoided the expected confusion in this situation by utilizing the formal version of his first name as well as a nickname. For pianist Jimmy Harris, however, on-stage clarity was most likely not obtained until "Coatsville" hung up his coat for good in 1959. Then the pianist, who shows up on at least four collections of Brown recordings, would at least have to leave the bandstand he was on in order to worry about everyone else in the world named Jimmy Harris. One such player, a country & western artist who wisely calls himself Jimmy T. Harris, even claims to have gotten a check for another Jimmy Harris. Brown himself probably avoided such problems by paying his sidemen cash.