Slacker Logo

J.J. Jackson

Advertisement
Advertisement

Biography

One of the most interesting obscure figures of '60s soul, J.J. Jackson scored a mammoth R&B hit in 1966 with one of the most infectious dance smashes of the decade, "But It's Alright." The New Yorker had worked as an arranger for Jack McDuff and Jimmy Witherspoon before his manager arranged for Jackson to come to England in 1966. Though "But It's Alright," with its classic stuttering guitar riff and sharp horn charts, sounded as authentic as any Stax/Volt single, it was actually recorded in the U.K. with British session musicians. Jackson -- a mammoth, nearly 300-pound man who also played organ -- was a grainy, good-natured belter in the mold of Otis Redding. A talented songwriter who penned much of his own material, he wrote the A-side of one of the Pretty Things' best mid-'60s R&B/raunch singles ("Come See Me"). Jackson never matched the success of "But It's Alright," but cut some singles that are highly valued by English Northern soul connoisseurs. His hard-to-find 1969 and 1970 albums found him exploring, in the manner of most other soul stars of the time, increased social consciousness in his songwriting and increasingly sophisticated horn and string arrangements. ~ Richie Unterberger
Read All Read Less

Artists Related to
J.J. Jackson

Four Tops

FEATURED

Mary Wells

FEATURED

The Supremes

FEATURED

The Drifters

FEATURED

Jackie Wilson

FEATURED

Marvin Gaye

FEATURED

Ben E. King

FEATURED

Wilson Pickett

FEATURED

The Spinners

FEATURED

Sam Cooke

FEATURED

The Shirelles

FEATURED

Edwin Starr

FEATURED

Fontella Bass

FEATURED

Junior Walker

FEATURED

Barbara Lewis

FEATURED

Jimmy Ruffin

FEATURED

The Contours

FEATURED

Otis Redding

FEATURED

Lesley Gore

FEATURED

Brenton Wood

FEATURED

The O'Jays

FEATURED

The Delfonics

FEATURED

The Jackson 5

FEATURED

James Brown

FEATURED

The Miracles

FEATURED

Gene Chandler

FEATURED

Billy Stewart

FEATURED

Diana Ross

FEATURED

Major Lance

FEATURED

Jerry Butler

FEATURED

The Chi-Lites

FEATURED

Stevie Wonder

FEATURED

The Platters

FEATURED

Johnny Rivers

FEATURED

The Stylistics

FEATURED

The Chiffons

FEATURED

Al Green

FEATURED

The Capitols

FEATURED

The Beach Boys

FEATURED

The Rascals

FEATURED

The Coasters

FEATURED

The Crystals

FEATURED

War

FEATURED

The Hollies

FEATURED

The Dells

FEATURED

Sam & Dave

FEATURED

The Tymes

FEATURED

The Esquires

FEATURED

David Ruffin

FEATURED

Tommy James

FEATURED

Ray Charles

FEATURED

The Intruders

FEATURED

Barbara Mason

FEATURED

Roy Orbison

FEATURED

The Moments

FEATURED

Tom Jones

FEATURED

Neil Diamond

FEATURED

Percy Sledge

FEATURED

Little Eva

FEATURED

The Box Tops

FEATURED

The Searchers

FEATURED

The Turtles

FEATURED

Dion

FEATURED

The Zombies

FEATURED

Ricky Nelson

FEATURED

Commodores

FEATURED

Chubby Checker

FEATURED

The Dramatics

FEATURED

Bee Gees

FEATURED
See Fewer Related Artists

Loading Sliders...
  1. + -
  • GUESTS
  • CHAT
Some UserSample Msg
Advertisement