Jackson was born in Indianola, Mississippi, and moved with his family to Greenville at the age of five. He started writing songs while in his teens, and in 1963 introduced himself to Ike Turner. Turner took him to Cosimo Matassa's studios in New Orleans to record "Nobody Wants to Cha Cha With Me" for his Prann label, but it was not successful. Jackson then traveled to Memphis to promote his songs, but was rejected by Stax before helping to form vocal group The Ovations with Louis Williams at Goldwax Records. Jackson wrote and sang on their 1965 hit 'It's Wonderful To Be In Love', which reached #61 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #22 on the R&B chart. He also wrote for other artists at Goldwax, including Spencer Wiggins and James Carr, and recorded with Dan Greer as the duo George and Greer. After the Ovations split up in 1968, he recorded briefly for Hi Records, and also for Decca using the pseudonym Bart Jackson. As a singer, he had a versatile tenor that was influenced by Sam Cooke, and released many records over the years, for a host of different labels, but his recordings never made him a star. At the suggestion of record producer Billy Sherrill, Jackson moved to Rick Hall's FAME Studios at Muscle Shoals in the late 60s, where he wrote for leading singers including Clarence Carter - whose 'Too Weak To Fight' reached #13 on the pop chart and #3 on the R&B chart in 1968 - Wilson Pickett, and Candi Staton. Some of Jackson's songs for Staton, including her first hit in 1969, 'I'd Rather Be An Old Man’s Sweetheart (Than A Young Man’s Fool)'. Jackson also recorded for Fame Records, and had his first chart success as a singer in 1970 with 'That's How Much You Mean To Me', which reached #48 on the R&B chart. In 1972 he briefly rejoined the Hi label, and had his second and last solo recording success with 'Aretha, Sing One For Me', an answer song to Aretha Franklin's 'Don't Play That Song'; Jackson's song reached #38 on the R&B chart. He then released several singles for MGM Records, while continuing to write for other artists. In the early 70s he began working as a songwriter for the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio and, with Thomas Jones III, wrote 'Old Time Rock & Roll' which Bob Seger recorded in 1978; Seger's version reached #28 on the pop chart. While with Muscle Shoals Sound, he also wrote 'Down Home Blues', recorded by Z.Z. Hill, which became a theme tune for Malaco Records in the 80s, 'Unlock Your Mind', recorded by the Staple Singers and a #16 R&B hit in 1978; and 'The Only Way Is Up', originally recorded by Otis Clay in 1980. In 1983, Jackson formed his own publishing company, Happy Hooker Music, before joining Malaco Records as a staff songwriter. There he wrote hits for Johnnie Taylor, Bobby Bland, Latimore, Denise LaSalle, and Z.Z. Hill. Between 2011 and 2013 Kent released 3 Unissued Fame Recordings Collections. Jackson died on April 14, 2013, at his home in Ridgeland, Mississippi, from cancer at the age of 68.
You Can't Run Away From Love collects pretty close to (if not) everything "currently" available. The 3 Rare Fame Recordings CDs, The Fame Sessions LP, Leaving Your Homework Undone, George Jackson In Memphis, George Jackson & Dan Greer At Goldwax (all @ 320kbs) and as indicated above, a Groovy Gumbo special ... the now-rare issued recordings of George Jackson and a handful of unissued recordings that are surprisingly not featured on the fore mentioned Kent collections. Quality of source files in singles collection range from FLAC to YT capture, I've done my best to clean em up but it is what it is. All files chronicled, cleanly tagged and exported as MP3 @ 320kbs. Thanks to original uploaders, enjoy.
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