Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Jango Song Of The Day-Deon Jackson
Song:Love Makes The World Go Round
Here's a great song that I think a lot of folks think was recorded by Smokey Robinson at Motown. But it was the only top 20 pop hit for Deon Jackson. He was born Jan. 26, 1946 in Ann Arbor, MI. He formed a vocal group in high school and was spotted performing in the Detroit area by producer Ollie McLaughlin. McLaughlin was best known for discovering Barbara Lewis. Jackson's 1962 debut single You Said You Love Me was a hit in Detroit and so was Come Back Home. By 1965, Mclaughlin started his own label Carla Records with national distribution from Atco Records. Love Makes The World Go Round was the first single. After being plugged relentlessly by CKLW radio personality Robin Seymour, the song broke nationally and reached #11 on the Billboard Hot 100. Jackson recorded an album and more singles. Ooh Baby reached #28 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1967. Love Makes The World Go Round was also featured in the 2003 film Something's Gotta Give. The Love Makes The World Go Round album is available on Collectors Choice but it's short and this comp from Collectables is longer and therefore better value. And most of the various artists comps containing this song are on Collectables. It depends if you just want the one song or want his other music but some of Jackson's music doesn't hold up as well as Love Makes The World Go Round so you might want to sample Golden Classics before buying it. Deon Jackson hasn't recorded since 1968 but he still performs in Chicago clubs and worked at a Wheaton, IL high school for many years. Like a lot of obscure but good soul singers, he's a favourite in the British Northern Soul scene. Here's a video for Love Makes The World Go Round by Deon Jackson.