George Jackson

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

1936, Greenville, Mississippi, USA. Jackson has a quietly emotional country/soul delivery that could have made him a southern soul singing star in his own right, but as he only recorded 15 singles over a 22-year period between 1963 and 1985 (and a fine album in 1991), it is as a prolific and highly skilled songwriter that he is most respected.

When Jackson was 14, he offered some of his songs to Ike Turner when Turners’ Revue was playing Greenville, and went with him to Cosimo’s famous studio in New Orleans to record ‘Nobody Wants To Cha Cha With Me’/‘Who Was That Guy’ for Turner’s Prann label. Later, Jackson travelled extensively, trying to promote himself and his songs. He was rejected by the fast-growing Stax Records, but in 1965, while in Memphis, Jackson linked up with the Ovations on the newly formed Goldwax Records label, penning their biggest hit, ‘It’s Wonderful To Be In Love’....

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