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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"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDlogCcye98
and in mono from the single
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMzlDpcKMis
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
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUZMPzIG9Zc
He later said that he was never happy with the material he was given to record at Motown

http://www.chuckjackson.org/chuckj/

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?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6p47qvN_p8
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)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSGR_hA4aZQ

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
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-u0GE7tL58

https://www.metrotimes.com/detroit/chuc ... id=2147860

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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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDlogCcye98

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_OS04Sn1Oo

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