Hello,  J.J. Jackson was born on April 8, 1941 in Brooklyn, New York.  His birth name is Jerome Louis Jackson.  He is an R&B singer/songwriter.  J.J. started out as a songwriter and arranger for artists such as Brother Jack McDuff, Jimmy Witherspoon and the Shangri-Las, and others.  In 1969 he became a permanent resident of England.

J. J. is best remembered for his classic R&B recording of, BUT IT’S ALRIGHT.  The single first charted on the Billboard Hot 100 on October 1, 1966 on the Calla Records label.  J.J.’s big hit record stayed on the Hot 100 for 13 weeks and charted at #22.  BUT IT’S ALRIGHT also made its debut on the Billboard R&B chart on the same date, and climbing into the Top 10 at #4.  J.J.’s hit remained on the R&B singles chart for 15 weeks.

In December of 1967 he charted his second Hot 100 record, I DIG GIRLS.  The record charted at #83 on pop chart and did not have the same success as his first hit, but he did much better on the R&B chart as, I DIG GIRLS became a #19 hit single.  In June of 1967 his third R&B hit made its debut.  FOUR WALLS (Three Windows and Two Doors) became his final R&B hit to date.  The single charted at #17 and remained on the chart for 9 weeks.

In May of 1969 Warner Records reissued J.J.’s 1966 hit, BUT IT’S ALRIGHT.  The single made its debut on May 24, 1969 and climbed the Hot 100 to #45.  In its second go round, J.J.’s classic recording remained on the pop chart for 9 weeks.  The flip side of the single on the 1966 Calla Records issue was,  BOOGALOO BABY.  On the 1969 Warner release the flip side was  AIN’T TOO PROUD TO BEG.  Neither side charted.

J.J.’s classic was recorded in the UK with some of Britain’s top jazz musicians of the day.  They included Terry Smith, dick Morrissey and John Marshall.  They would make up his backing band on his following two LP’s.  J.J. remains active in the music business.  His hit recording of, BUT IT’S ALRIGHT  remains a favorite on oldies radio and at oldies dances across the country.  His classic hit record is pure gold, from the GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK AND ROLL”.


But It’s Alright – 1966 – 1969

Till the next time—Joe


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