Jack Scott Biography

Giovanni Dominico Scafone Jnr., 24 January 1936, Windsor, Ontario, Canada. This distinctive, deep-voiced rock ‘n’ roll and ballad singer-songwriter moved to Detroit at the age of 10, and began performing regularly with his sister Linda on the WEXL radio station. After changing his name to Jack Scott, he formed the C&W outfit Southern Drifters in 1954. Playing at local dances, the band began to introduce rock ‘n’ roll numbers into their act. Scott signed to ABC Records in 1957 and his first release was the rocker ‘Baby She’s Gone’. Scott joined the recently formed Carlton label in 1958 and had a transatlantic Top 10 hit with his double-sided debut for the label, ‘My True Love’/‘Leroy’. Always backed on records by session vocal group the Chantones, he had a further seven US Top 40 successes over the next two years, including the Top 10 hits ‘Goodbye Baby’ in 1958, ‘What In The World’s Come Over You’ (a UK Top 20 hit) and ‘Burning Bridges’, both in 1960 (the latter two released on Top Rank). He achieved a couple of minor hits on Capitol Records in 1961 and later recorded on various labels including Groove, RCA - Victor Records, Jubilee, GRT, Dot Records (where he notched up a country hit in 1974) and Ponie. He remains a top-drawing act on the rock ‘n’ roll club circuit around the world.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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