Tuesday, May 04, 2010
Jango Song Of The Day-Chuck Jackson
Song:I Don't Want To Cry
Album:The Very Best Of Chuck Jackson 1961-1967
Though mostly forgotten today, Chuck Jackson was one of the great voices of early soul. He had significant chart success in the early 60s on Wand Records but not much after he left. He was born June 22, 1937 in Latta, SC and grew up in Pittsburgh. He sang with various doo wop groups in the late 50s including The Dell-Vikings but was spotted by Scepter Records house producer Luther Dixon when he was singing backup for Jackie Wilson at The Apollo. Of course Dixon worked with other Scepter artists including The Shirelles and Dionne Warwick. Jackson was assigned to Wand Records. I Don't Want To Cry was his first single in 1961 and it reached #5 on the R & B singles chart and #36 on the Billboard Hot 100. Jackson and Dixon co-wrote the song. Probably Jackson's biggest hit and most memorable song was the Burt Bacharach song Any Day Now in 1962. But he had several R & B hits in the 60s including duets with Doris Troy and Maxine Brown. You can get all his Wand hits on this comp from Varese. Things went sour for Jackson at Wand when Dixon left to start his own label and Jackson went to Motown in 1967. He had limited success there and recorded for ABC, All Platinum and EMI America through thr 80s. Jackson still tours and is very popular on the Northern Soul and Beach Music curcuits but he last recorded in 1998. Here's Chuck Jackson performing I Don't Want To Cry in 1965.