Chuck Jackson

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born: June 22, 1937 in Latta, South Carolina

Chuck Jackson - Any Day Now

Possessing one of the most elegant baritone voices in the annals of recorded music, Chuck Jackson has set a benchmark for aspiring vocalists of all genres. In turn, he's engendered deep respect from contemporaries and aficionados around the globe.

His seductive rasp is emblematic of his inimitable style and is underscored on all levels of his monumental recordings.

Consistent with this, Chuck's rhythmic compositions are truly prolific and speak volumes to his extraordinarily poetic histrionics, coupling evocative lyrics and eclectic instruments with posh studio arrangements.

From his early days at Scepter Records to his Motown Records' productions, Chuck's discography consists of some of the most memorable popular and R&B hits ever arranged: "Any Day Now," his 1962 chart-stopping signature song, is one of the most recognizable crossover tunes in popular music vaults and has been covered by countless artists since.

By contrast, "I Don't Want To Cry," an alluring and rapturous piece that he co-wrote and recorded in 1961, was his first hit single and forever etched his imprint onto the record industry's shifting landscape.

Raised in Pittsburgh, PA, Chuck spent his formative years honing the craft that would launch him into the international spotlight and expose his talent to national television audiences such as The Tonight Show, Soul Train and American Bandstand.

Along with this, his extraordinary gifts can be witnessed at live concerts in select venues planet-wide, where he often shares the stage with other superlative vocalists like songstress Dionne Warwick and the soulful Smokey Robinson. Other well-known productions have included Michael McDonald, Boyz II Men, Ben E. King and a plethora of other household names.

Ms. Warwick was Chuck's partner in the 1997 Grammy-nominated duet "If I Let Myself Go" (Grammy nominated for Best Duet) from his well-orchestrated CD I'll Never Get Over You. Thus far he has 23 charted songs to his credit.

He appreciates the value of the creative aspect of the business, but he also realizes the importance of the business side of the music industry: Financing the production of concerts and special events requires an intricate knowledge of contracts and budgets.

In addition to his professional commitments, he organizes and produces events for New York's world-famous Apollo Theatre. Inclusive in these productions are exemplary performers like Smokey Robinson, Dionne Warwick, Tom Jones, Paul Shaffer (The Late Show) and Ashford & Simpson, to name a few.

Chuck knows the struggles new artists face and therefore has donated time and personal resources to the development of the careers of many of our top stage performers in music, theater and comedy: Flip Wilson, at one time the most popular comedian in the world, got his big break when Chuck took him on the road to open shows for him.

The superlative Dionne Warwick sang backup for Chuck on many of his stellar recordings, and Britain's Tom Jones was heavily influenced by Chuck when he touched down on American soil with the smash that was originally written for Chuck, "It's Not Unusual."

Chuck's versatile background permits him to vocalize in different styles: from R&B and pop to gospel and blues. And his trademark adlibbing is second to none as he continues to release new material with potent lyrics sporting dynamic arrangements.

His latest project, Chuck Jackson: The Motown Anthology, is a United Kingdom release (available on-line), and it will be distributed domestically in the future. This disc contains 48 tracks of incredible ballads interspersed with up-tempo grooves, which chronicle his fascinating career from some of his earlier studio recordings till now.

Chuck has received so many awards that it would take a book to list them all. However, a noteworthy one is the Apollo Theatre's Hall of Fame Award and tribute for headlining more shows there than any artist in the history of the historical Manhattan venue.

He's received additional commendation from the following: Anheuser Busch, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey, Motown Heroes & Legends and The Harlem Jazz & Music Festival, etc. Chuck is also a permanent member of New York's famous Friars Club.

Working closely with civic leaders such as key political figures, including Representative Charles B. Rangel, enables Chuck to network a collective to achieve some of his many community goals.

As a humanitarian, Chuck continues to donate time and revenue to further creativity in the inner-city, performing in concerts and organizing events that impact the lives of millions of citizens, junior and senior.

From his first major success with Bacharach and David to his present studio enterprises, Chuck Jackson continues to create wonderful music. And with new gospel and secular projects on the horizon, this is just the beginning of the next phase in the career of Smithsonian Institute's certified 'national treasure' and one of the most exciting entertainers of our time. Copyright Phil Brown (used with permission)

I Don't Want to Cry [1961]
Any Day Now [1962]
I Keep Forgettin' [1962]
Tell Him I'm Not Home [1963]
I Need You [1965]
If I Didn't Love You [1965]
Something You Got [1965]
Are You Lonely For Me Baby [1969]
If I Let Myself Go [1997] with Dionne Warwick


Essential Chuck Jackson album: The Very Best of Chuck Jackson 1961-1967

- I Don't Want to Cry [Wand 650, 1961]
- Any Day Now [Wand 654, 1962]
- Encore! [Wand 655, 1963]
- Chuck Jackson on Tour [Wand 658, 1964] live at Harlem's Apollo Theater
- Mr. Everything [Wand 667, 1965]
- Dedicated to the King [Wand 680, 1966] a tribute to Elvis Presley
- Tribute to Rhythm and Blues [Wand 673, 1966]
- Good Things [Kent 935, 1991] compilation album
- Golden Classics [Collectables 5115, November 1991] compilation album
- I Don't Want to Cry [Charly 1025, 1992] compilation album
- I Don't Want to Cry / Any Day Now [Kent 107, 1993] reissue of his 1961/1962 albums on 1 CD
- Encore! / Mr. Everything [Kent 110, 1995] reissue of his 1963/1965 albums on 1 CD
- Best of Chuck Jackson [Platinum Pop 1509, 1995] compilation album
- Greatest R & B Hits [King 1422, December 1995] compilation album
- Greatest Hits [Curb 77827, February 1996] compilation album
- The Very Best of Chuck Jackson 1961-1967 [Varese 5777, June 1997] compilation album
- I'll Never Get Over You [Varese 9501, December 1998] with Randy Brecker, Sue Evans, Dionne Warwick
- 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Chuck Jackson [Hip-O 069212, May 2004] compilation album
- Motown Anthology [Universal 983293, November 2005] 2-Cd set compilation album
- Chuck Jackson on Tour / Dedicated to the King [Kent 254, December 2005] reissue of his 1964/1966 albums on 1 CD
- The Best Of Chuck Jackson [Collectables 2922, May 2008] compilation album

Chuck Jackson & Maxine Brown:
- Saying Something [Wand 669, 1965]
- Hold On, We're Coming [Scepter 678, 1967]
- Something You Got [Ichiban/Soul Classics 2117, 1996] compilation album
- Saying Something / Hold On, We're Coming [Kent 241, February 2005] reissue of their 1965/1967 albums on 1 CD

He appeara on the following albums:
Lee Atwater & Friends - Red Hot & Blue [Curb 77264, 1990]
Various Artists - The Magic of Burt Bacharach [Charly 8227, September 1996]
Various Artists - Vanthology: A Tribute to Van Morrison [Evidence 26128, August 2003]

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