George Jackson was born 1936 in Mississippi. He began recording in 1963 for Ike Turner’s Prann label, but “No One Wants To Ch-Cha With Me”only made enough waves to get him signed with STAX Records.
Although he has a very expressive, soulful voice and the material to match it perfectly, he was never achieved the success he should have had. He sang with the Ovations for whom he wrote their hit “It’s So Wonderful To Be In Love.” And as a song writer, George Jackson would remain most successful for the rest of his career.
He later recorded for various labels under pseudonyms, but the big success as a singer kept eluding him. He was quite successful though as a writer and producer, writing for such greats in southern soul as Clarence Carter and Candi Staton. During the 70’s he recorded for Verve, MGM, and HI Records. And in the 80’s he was a producer and writer for Malaco. According to an article on Soul Cellar, “George’s successful compositions for the label included the huge seller for the late Z.Z.Hill, ‘Down Home Blues’, which he originally wrote some 10 years earlier.With the likes of Bobby Blue Bland, Johnnie Taylor, Latmore and Denise Lasalle all recording for Malaco, Jackson’s brand of southern soul songwriting had plenty of scope.”
For a detailed discography, please visit Sir Shambling’s.
Today’s pick is from the “Don’t Count Me Out” compilation (KENT, 2011)