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Chuck Jackson (22nd July Birthday)

PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2012 11:00 am
by john poole
Chuck Jackson - born 22nd July, 1937 (Latta, South Carolina) - he's 75 today.

The last time his birthday was celebrated here in 2009, we couldn't find a YouTube posting for his 1962 recording of 'I Keep Forgettin' which is now available in both stereo from the LP "Any Day Now"
and in mono from the single
his friend Smokey Robinson told him that the record was too far ahead of its time to become a hit and was not entirely wrong (#55 pop; and didn't make the r&b chart - despite following up his biggest hit 'Any Day Now'). Trivial note - Leiber & Stoller appear to have given Gil Garfield of the Cheers a co-writers credit on the 45 which he subsequently lost on reissues.

Smokey also produced (with Al Cleveland) Chuck's first 1968 single for Motown - a remake of a song the Miracles had recorded in 1964 - (You Can't Let the Boy Overpower) The Man in You' - lip-synced here on a TV appearance, not helped when the audience start clapping
He later said that he was never happy with the material he was given to record at Motown

Re: Chuck Jackson (22nd July Birthday)

PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2017 9:07 am
by john poole
Now he’s 80.

‘Ain’t No Sun Since You’ve Been Gone’ - sung live to pre-recorded backing track?
song written by the Temptations’ guitarist and MD Cornelius Grant, with Norman Whitfield & Sylvia Moy and included on the 1968 “Chuck Jackson Arrives!” LP - one of his better Motown recordings I think, although like many of the songs he was given to record there, it had a past history - previous versions had been issued on LPs by the Temptations (David Ruffin lead) and Gladys Knight & the Pips (they had the first recorded version, but the second to be released). It pre-dated the Bill Withers song on a similar theme by several years.

‘If I Didn’t Love You (1965) - song by Mark Barkan & Pam Sawyer - appears to be the first hit record (#18 r&b) with a writer's credit for Pam (preceding Young Rascals ‘I Ain’t Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore’ by a few months)

The Dell-Vikings - I Want to Marry You’ (1957?) - could be Chuck’s first lead vocal on record? From a time after the group had split into two competing versions - the Del-Vikings and the Dell-Vikings ... id=2147860


Re: Chuck Jackson (22nd July Birthday)

PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2017 3:10 pm
by NormanD
I think the rhythm and timing and percussion changes on "I Keep Forgetting" are amazing, even by today's standards. The xylophone/drumming/brass/strings arrangement are worthy of serious music study - and, of course, praise. Try clapping along, and getting it right. I can't.

And as for "Any Day Now"..... another work of beauty. 'Then the blue shadows will fall all over town......' What a line! It's a deserving title for a good noir thriller.
In this clip, check the intro to see the organ Burt Bacharach is playing - he made good use of it in a few other great songs of his.

Chuck Jackson should have his place in history for these two songs alone.