James Anthony Bernard Little was born on 15 December 1939 and as a young man, he befriended Dave and George Sweetnam, who were stepbrothers of Emile Ford. James was subsequently invited to sing occasionally with The Checkmates and encouraged by Ford to start a group of his own.
Sounding more like a black American singer than a young white Londoner, he landed a recording contract with Pye and scored three Top 40 hits in the UK in 1962 under the name Jimmy Justice – When My Little Girl Is Smiling (#9), Ain’t That Funny (#8), and Spanish Harlem (#20).
Justice released two albums in 1963 (I Wake Up Crying and Justice for All) but – spending most of his time in Sweden with his girlfriend – he soon faded in the wake of the beat group explosion.
He recorded for the Decca, RCA Victor and B&C into the early 1970s, but with little success.