b. George Henry Jackson, 12th March 1945, Indianola, Mississippi, U.S.A.
d. 14th April 2013, Ridgeland, Mississippi, U.S.A.
George Jackson was a very talented songwriter, who was much in demand by many major label artists as well as the lesser known performers.
won't nobody cha-cha with me b/w who was that guy - 1963 / blinkity blink b/w there goes my pride - 1965
His personal recorded output suffered somewhat, releasing 15 or so releases in a career that spanned over two decades.
In 1963, he fronted his group George Jackson & The Vanions, who released the single 'Won't Nobody Cha-Cha With Me' b/w 'Who Was That Guy' for the Prann imprint.
George recorded sides for the Dot, Gre Jac, Prann, Mercury, Goldwax, Hi, CRS, Decca, MGM, Washataw, Soundfacts, Public and Fame imprints.
He recorded under the name Bart Jackson during 1967 and 1968, releasing the single 'Wonderful Dream' b/w 'Dancing Man' for two seperate labels.
He also recorded under the name of Louie Palmer during the earlier part of the decade.
George also recorded with the group the Ovations during the early Seventies.
tossin' & turnin' b/w kiss me - 1967 / heart to heart collection - 1991
More recently, he had undertaken something of a renaissance in his career, with a Kent/Ace retrospective of some 50 unreleased melodies seeing the light of day in 2012 on the double CD ‘Don’t Count Me Out - The Fame Recordings’.
George was born in Mississippi in the mid forties.
in muscle shoals - 2002 / the fame sessions - 2013
In his capacity as a writer, George’s Goldwax and Fame Records output in the 1960’s and Hi and Sounds Of Memphis in the 1970’s, have become legendary on the Soul scene.
George also wrote for the Malaco imprint, which led to his writing manifesting itself in the form of the Osmond Brothers hit ‘One Bad Apple’, ‘Old Time Rock & Roll’ for Bob Seger and the Otis Clay song The Only Way Is Up’, which later became a U.K. number one hit for the group Yazz.
He also wrote or co-wrote other hit songs for artists such as Candi Staton and Clarence Carter, as well as James Brown's dancer 'It's Too Funky In Here' and Wilson Pickett's 'A Man and A Half' amongst others.
George passed away from cancer on the 14th Of April 2013 in Ridgeland, Mississippi.
He was 68.
Heart To Heart Collect (Hep Me Records 1991)
In Muscle Shoals (Grapevine Records 2002)
The Fame Sessions (Fame Records 2013)