J.J. Jackson, nicknamed "Triple J," was a part of this revolution, along with the other four original VJs: Martha Quinn, Alan Hunter, Mark Goodman and Nina Blackwood. He was also the only African American on-air personality at the channel. On air, Jackson came off as knowledgeable, gentle, and easy-going. "He was the guy who been through it all and was able to always put a mature perspective to things," Goodman later told the Los Angeles Times.
All of the VJs quickly became celebrities. But it wasn't all smooth sailing for Jackson. According to an article in the Los Angeles Times, he almost quit early on after a news story on a blues musician. Quinn convinced Jackson to stay and the two formed a strong friendship.
During his five-year tenure at MTV, Jackson interviewed countless rock musicians, including the members of KISS who were unmasked during a talk with him in 1982. He also covered such major musical events as 1985 Live Aid benefit concert in London. Helping to break new artists, Jackson served as the host for the show 120 Minutes.
After working MTV, Jackson returned to Los Angeles and to radio. In 1995, he began hosting a weekly syndicated show on the Beatles. One of his final gigs as a local DJ was on KTVW-FM. He encountered some health problems in the years before his death and underwent a triple-bypass surgery. But Goodman, who had seen him shortly before his passing said that Jackson "was in great shape, he'd lost weight."
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.