Monday, April 15, 2013

Another soul man passes on

George Jackson, one of the key figures in the development of southern soul, has died of cancer at the age of 68. Born in Indianola, Mississippi, he was discovered by Ike Turner, who took him to New Orleans where he cut Won't Nobody Cha-cha With Me, an answer to Sam Cooke's Everybody Loves
to Cha-cha hit, at Cosimo Matassa's studio. From there George went to Memphis where he recorded the more typical There Goes My Pride which was released on Dot. Due to contract issues he recorded material under the name of Louie Palmer and also had a single released under the name of George and Greer on Goldwax after he set up a record label, Gre-Jac, with Dan Greer. George next went to Hi and also had a soul single released on the Public label but it was a song writer that he had the most success, writing songs for Goldwax and then Rick Hall at Fame, where he wrote songs for Candi Staton, Wilson Pickett, Clarence Carter and, most successfully, the Osmonds. He also cut a few sides there
under his own name, including Find 'Em, Fool 'Em and Forget 'Em, which got a UK release on Capitol in 1969.
George's best known song was Aretha Sing One For me, which came out on Hi. Other records came out on a variety of US labels, including Verve, MGM, Chess, Keylock and Hep Me in the seventies and eighties but it was as a song writer that he enjoyed greatest success, with Old Time Rock and Roll for Bob Seger and others for James Brown and the Ovations, as well as songs for Z Z Hill and Otis Clay (including The Only Way Is Up) when he was resident song writer at Malaco.
George was one of the soul greats: RIP.
For a great article on George take a look at Red Kelly's blog:


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