6 November 1932, Tabor City, North Carolina, USA. Jacksons family tree does in fact extend to the famous Confederate general of the American Civil War, hence his name. After the death of his father when Stonewall was aged two, his mother relocated to Moultrie, Georgia, where, at the age of eight, he worked on his uncles farm. When he was 10 he swapped his bicycle for a guitar and learned to play by watching others. He joined the army in 1948, lying about his age, but the error was soon discovered. The next year he joined the navy legally and began his singing career by entertaining his shipmates. After discharge in 1954, he spent two years working on a farm but in 1956, with no professional singing experience, he decided to try his luck in Nashville. He impressed Wesley Rose enough for him to record some demo discs of his songs; after auditioning for George D. Hay, Jackson became one of the few performers without a recording contract to become a member...
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