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Chuck Jackson (22 July Birthday)

PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2009 9:41 am
by john poole
Chuck Jackson Born 22 July, 1937 North (or South) Carolina

Any Day Now (Bacharach / Hilliard) 1962 - his record company (Scepter / Wand) wanted to give the song to Tommy Hunt, but Bacharach insisted that it was written for Chuck Jackson and he wouldn't let it be given away. "...it's one of my favourites. Great lyric that Bob Hilliard wrote" - Burt Bacharach.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_OS04Sn1Oo
Not sure who appears at the beginning of the clip*, but Paul Griffin played the little organ riff on the record. Excellent piece on him (written shortly before he passed away) here -
http://www.steelydan.com/griffin.html

(* substituted longer clip now makes it even more obvious)

I Don't Wanna Cry (Chuck Jackson / Luther Dixon) - live version of Chuck's first solo single
(since removed from YT)

and I couldn't resist adding -
I Wake Up Crying (Bacharach / David) 1961
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNrHo8hKSXg

Burt Bacharach & Chuck Jackson - it doesn't get much better.

Re: Chuck Jackson (22 July Birthday)

PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2009 10:30 am
by NormanD
john poole wrote:Any Day Now - "...it's one of my favourites. Great lyric that Bob Hilliard wrote" - Burt Bacharach.
Mine too, especially for that desert island.

...Blue shadows will fall all over town.... is such a wonderful line. Why hasn't it been purloined for a noir fiction title? OK, it has now, I lay claim to it - you saw it here first!

Think it's Burt himself at the start of the clip? Or is it just the haircut? Chuck is miming, so no other musicians were playing, maybe Burt B wanted to make a cameo appearance.

I couldn't find my other favourite (I'm sure you looked too, John), "I Keep Forgetting" - it's got some funky old rhythm changes in it, uncommon percussion, and an all-round classy song.

PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2009 6:47 pm
by judith
I couldn't find "I Keep Forgetting" their either, Norman. I thought I remembered some Chuck Jackson songs with funkier or sparer production, but I couldn't find any. Thanks to John for that Chuck Jackson birthday was noted today.

Does anyone know what the album 'Chuck Jackson and Young Jesse' is about? (Obediah Jesse - can't determine if he is still alive, though it appears so)

PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2009 8:51 pm
by john poole
The Chuck Jackson and Young Jessie LP appears to have been a cheap cash-in release on Crown from 1963 containing a few early tracks by Chuck, originally released in 1959/60 as Charles Jackson (I was wrong earlier about I Don't Wanna Cry being his first solo single). As was often the case for these cheapo LPs Crown probably didn't have enough Chuck tracks for a full LP, so they would have added a few by Young Jessie to make up the numbers. This doesn't explain why the album seems to have been reissued last year...

There's an excellent Chuck Jackson discography on the Soulful Kinda Music site -

http://www.soulfulkindamusic.net/cjackson.htm

I decided earlier that it was definitely not Burt at the beginning of the Any Day Now clip - but I could be wrong again.

PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2009 10:11 pm
by john poole
ps - Young Jessie still looked in good shape in a YouTube clip from 2005, so let's assume that no news is good news.

PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2009 11:55 pm
by judith
Thank you, John. I'll go have a listen. Young Jesse's early hit song (by Wikipedia, maybe only here on the west coast), 'Mary Lou' was around for a long time on rock and then oldies stations.

PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2009 10:47 pm
by john poole
It appears that I may have previously stated that it was certainly not Burt Bacharach at the beginning of the Any Day Now clip - I was obviously mis-quoted. It didn't quite look like Burt to me, and I couldn't imagine that he would have turned up on a TV show just to mime playing the organ for a few seconds.

Thanks then to Norman and the Spectropop website who have positively identified not just that it was Burt, but also the source of the clip, being from the 1965 UK Granada TV special - The Bacharach Sound (which also featured Dionne Warwick, the Searchers, Dusty Springfield, and the Merseybeats).

PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2009 10:12 am
by NormanD
john wrote:....the 1965 UK Granada TV special - The Bacharach Sound (which also featured Dionne Warwick, the Searchers, Dusty Springfield, and the Merseybeats).
I wonder of this is available anywhere? The YouTube clip suggests that it is, somewhere. I'm sure Adam would be interested in this one, and maybe even has it. Adam?

I'm curious whether anyone here other than John or I is remotely interested in whether or not that was Burt. Thanks to the wonders of the interweb, any question can quickly be addressed by loads of other obsessives. Scholarship and historical accuracy, or MMA (mild male autism)? You be the judge.

Now let's give those songs above another listen...

PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2009 10:31 am
by Rob Hall
For what it's worth Norman, I was sure it was Burt from the outset, so I suppose the answer is yes, at least one other person was remotely interested. I must go back to finish off "Always Magic In The Air" - I put it down before I got to the chapter on Burt and never went back to it.

PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2009 2:25 pm
by john poole
I think that these three clips are from the Bacharach Sound special - I'm guessing on I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself, but the scenery looks very similar. I couldn't find any Dionne, or Burt (I'm sure he must have promoted Trains and Boats and Planes). Even I would have recognised Burt had I seen the introduction to The Searchers. (I also apologise for picking the wrong person out of that police line-up).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzzumaitk4M

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndcE66HyMLI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpsDE6KCY9s

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0450243/

PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2009 2:44 pm
by john poole
The Searchers version is an excellent cover, but I had to hear Magic Potion by Lou Johnson. Why is a legit Lou Johnson compilation not available?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lppMgrYyXXU

PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2009 4:07 pm
by Dayna
I just listened to Any Day Now & it sounds a lot like The Drifters.
It's very good.

PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2009 9:41 pm
by NormanD
John mentions above that the question of "who's that man?" was posed on Spectrop and most of the sightings (the latest being from Al Kooper, proving that he reads those pages) was of Burt Bacharach. Paul Griffin gets a few mentions too. Someone has now posted a YouTube clip of a song by Jimmy Radcliffe called "One Night In Harlem", and tells us to look out for the first face shown (it's largely a collage of back-room session players) as being Paul Griffin
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kzs8VR76V4[/youtube]

Burt Bacharach wrote quite a few songs for The Drifters, so the similarities are there. Some of the songs they cut in the early-mid 1960s are magic in the air (hence the title of the book Rob's reading). "Please Stay" is one of my faves by them.

PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2009 10:19 pm
by Hugh Weldon
Norman:

"Please Stay" is one of my faves by them.


Great song, also covered by the Cryin Shames, though I first came across it in Elvis Costello's version, after hearing which I found the Drifters' take on it a little disappointing to be honest.

PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2009 11:18 pm
by NormanD
That's an interesting preference I won't argue with. But if you preferred, for example, Bowie's version (not that there is one) I'd be sitting here spluttering and fuming like the retired major-general in a Bateman cartoon.

I used to work with a fellow who'd suddenly burst out singing "Please Stay", from the midst of nowhere, like a Tourette's variation.