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JJ Jackson


Jackson started out as a songwriter and arranger for "Brother" Jack McDuff, Jimmy Witherspoon, and the Shangri-Las, among others. His songwriting credits include "It's Easier to Cry" for the Shangri-Las, released as the B-side to "Remember (Walking in the Sand)" in 1964, and the Pretty Things' 1966 hit single, "Come See Me."

He is perhaps best known for the soul hit "But It's Alright" which, after its 1966 release as the B-side of the single "Boogaloo Baby", became one of the best known dance music tunes of the decade, reaching No. 22 on the Billboard chart. The single was recorded in the United Kingdom, featuring some of Britain's top jazz musicians of the day, including Terry Smith on guitar, Dick Morrissey on tenor sax and John Marshall on drums, and who would later make up his backing band for the following two albums (one of which was also titled "But It's Alright"). In 1969, Warner Bros. Records re-released "But It's Alright" as a single after he signed with them. The single peaked at No. 45 on Billboard when it re-entered the chart on March 29, 1969.

Jerome Louis "J.J." Jackson, (born 8 April 1941, Bronx, New York) is a soul/R&B singer, songwriter, and arranger. His singing style is as a belter.

Jackson started out as a songwriter and arranger for Brother Jack McDuff, Jimmy Witherspoon, and the Shangri-Las, among others. He also composed the Pretty Things' 1960s hit single, "Come See Me."

Jackson had his own 1966 hit with "But It's Alright," which he wrote with Pierre Tubbs. The song reached #22 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. Three years later, in 1969, the song unexpectedly rose back to life and reached #45. The single was recorded in the United Kingdom, featuring some of Britain's top jazz musicians of the day, including Terry Smith on guitar, Dick Morrissey on tenor sax and John Marshall on drums, and who would later make up his backing band for the following two albums.

Jackson currently lives in Jacksonville, Florida.

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