Jack Scott (singer)

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Jack Scott
Birth name Giovanni Domenico Scafone Jr.
Born (1936-01-24) January 24, 1936 (age 78)
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Genres Rock and roll
Rockabilly
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1957–present
Labels ABC-Paramount,
Carlton Records,
Top Rank,
Capitol,
RCA Victor,
Jubilee,
Groove,
Harvest
Website Official website

Jack Scott (born Giovanni Domenico Scafone Jr., February 11, 1936, Windsor, Ontario, Canada[1]) is a Canadian/American singer and songwriter. He was the first white rock and roll star to come out of Detroit, Michigan. He was inducted into Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2011 and has been called "undeniably the greatest Canadian rock and roll singer of all time."[2]

Career[edit]

Scott spent his early childhood in Windsor, Ontario (Canada), across the river from Detroit, Michigan (United States).[1] When he was 10, Scott's family moved to Hazel Park, a Detroit suburb. He grew up listening to hillbilly music and was taught to play the guitar by his Mother Janett .[1] As a teenager, he pursued a singing career and recorded as 'Jack Scott.' At the age of 18, he formed the Southern Drifters.[1] After leading the band for three years, he signed to ABC-Paramount Records as a solo artist in 1957.[1]

After recording two good-selling local hits for ABC-Paramount in 1957, he switched to the Carlton record label and had a double-sided national hit in 1958 with "Leroy" (#11) / "My True Love" (#3).[1] The record sold over one million copies, earning Scott his first gold disc.[3] Later in 1958, "With Your Love" (#28) reached the Top 40. In all, six of 12 songs on his first album became hit singles. On most of these tracks, he was backed up by the vocal group, the Chantones.[4]

He served in the United States Army during most of 1959, just after "Goodbye Baby" (#8) made the Top Ten. 1959 also saw him chart with "The Way I Walk" (#35).

At the beginning of 1960, Scott again changed record labels, this time to Top Rank Records.[1] He then recorded four Billboard Hot 100 hits – "What In the World's Come Over You" (#5), "Burning Bridges" (#3) b/w "Oh Little One" (#34), and "It Only Happened Yesterday" (#38).[1] "What In the World's Come Over You" was Scott's second gold disc winner.[5] Scott continued to record and perform during the 1960s and 1970s.[1] His song "You're Just Gettin' Better" reached the country charts in 1974.[1] In May 1977, Scott recorded a Peel session for BBC Radio 1 disc jockey, John Peel.

Scott had more U.S. singles (19), in a shorter period of time (41 months), than any other recording artist – with the exception of The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Fats Domino and Connie Francis.[6] Scott wrote all of his own hits, except one: "Burning Bridges."[4]

His legacy ranks him with the top legends of rock and roll. It has been said that "with the exception of Roy Orbison and Elvis Presley, no white rock and roller of the time ever developed a finer voice with a better range than Jack Scott, or cut a more convincing body of work in Rockabilly, Rock and Roll, Country-Soul, Gospel or Blues".[4][7]

In 2011 he was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. More recently Scott was nominated for the Hit Parade Hall of Fame. He is still actively singing and touring today and resides in a suburb of Detroit.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album
1959 Jack Scott (Carlton 12-107)
1960 I Remember Hank Williams (Top Rank RM319)
1960 What in the World's Come Over You (Top Rank RM326)
1960 What Am I Living For (Carlton 12-122)
1960 The Spirit Moves Me (Top Rank RM348)
1964 Burning Bridges (Capitol T2035)

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Positions Album
US US R&B US Country CAN Country UK
1957 "Baby, She's Gone" singles only, later collected on What Am I Living For
"Two Timin' Woman"
1958 "My True Love" 3 5 9 Jack Scott
"Leroy" (B-side) 11 5
"With Your Love" 28
"Geraldine" (B-side) 96
"Goodbye Baby" 8
"Save My Soul" (B-side) 73
1959 "I Never Felt Like This" 78 single only, later collected on What Am I Living For
"The Way I Walk" 35 30 Jack Scott
"There Comes a Time" 71 single only, later collected on What Am I Living For
1960 "What in the World's Come Over You" 5 7 11 What in the World's Come Over You
"Burning Bridges" 3 5 32
"Oh, Little One" (B-side) 34
"What Am I Living For" What Am I Living For
"It Only Happened Yesterday" 38 Burning Bridges
"Cool Water" (B-side) 85
"No One Will Ever Know" single only
"Patsy" 65 Burning Bridges
1961 "Is There Something on Your Mind" 89
"A Little Feeling (Called Love)" 91
"My Dream Come True" 83
"Steps One And Two" 86
"If Only" singles only
1962 "Cry Cry Cry"
"The Part Where I Cry"
"Sad Story"
1963 "Laugh And The World Laughs With You"
"All I See Is Blue"
"There's Trouble Brewin'"
1964 "I Knew You First"
"What A Wonderful Night Out"
"Thou Shalt Not Steal"
"Tall Tales"
1965 "I Don't Believe In Tea Leaves"
"Don't Hush The Laughter"
"I Hope I Think I Wish"
1966 "Before The Bird Flies"
1967 "My Special Angel"
1970 "Billy Jack"
1973 "May You Never Be Alone"
1974 "You're Just Gettin' Better" 92
1992 "Burning Bridges" (with Carroll Baker) 55

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Biography by Bill Dahl". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 12 April 2009. 
  2. ^ Dave Marsh - author of Born to Run and co-editor of The Rolling Stone Record Guide - 1990
  3. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 107. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
  4. ^ a b c Jack Scott Music
  5. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 128. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
  6. ^ Billboard Magazine
  7. ^ Bruce Eder All Music Guide to Rock 3rd Edition 2003

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