Jackie Lomax Biography

10 May 1944, Wallasey, Merseyside, England. A former vocalist with the 60s beat group the Undertakers, Lomax began a new career in America when this respected Liverpool unit disbanded. Spells with two short-lived bands, the Mersey Lads and the Lost Souls, preceded a return to England where the singer worked with his own group, the Lomax Alliance, and as a solo act. Two strong, but unsuccessful, singles followed before he was signed to the fledgling Apple Records but his opening release, ‘Sour Milk Sea’, written for him by George Harrison, was unfortunately overshadowed by hits for stablemates the Beatles and Mary Hopkin. Lomax’s 1969 debut, Is This What You Want?, featured contributions from a host of star names including Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Eric Clapton. The artist’s stylish compositions and superb voice were equal to such esteemed company. Sadly, Apple’s internal problems doomed his undoubted potential and following an interlude as part of the elusive Heavy Jelly, Lomax returned to America where he completed two more excellent albums, Home Is In My Head and Three.

In 1973, Lomax joined the British-based Badger, a group formed by ex-Yes organist, Tony Kaye. Lomax helped transform them from a progressive rock band into a more soulful aggregation, exemplified on White Lady, which was produced by Allen Toussaint and consisted solely of Lomax’s songs. Badger then split into two factions, with Lomax and bass player Kim Gardner instigating an offshoot unit named after the album. Lomax subsequently relocated to America and resumed his solo career, but the releases that followed were disappointing and the bad luck which had often dogged this worthwhile performer further undermined his career. He remained on the west coast of America and worked as a session bass player during the 80s and 90s. In 1990 he was one of several acts contributing to the ‘tribute’ album True Voices, wherein he sang a version of Tim Buckley’s ‘Devil Eyes’ backed by harmonica player Juke Logan. A new studio album was recorded in 2001, and while initially only available as a download was later released through the 7th Street Songs label.

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

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