Jacky (song)

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"La Chanson de Jacky"
Ces Gens-Là.jpg
Song by Jacques Brel from the album Ces Gens-Là
Released 1966
Recorded 2 November 1965
Genre Chanson
Label Barclay
Writer Jacques Brel, Gérard Jouannest

"Jacky" (La chanson de Jacky) (Translation: The song for Jacky) is a song written by the Belgian singer-songwriter Jacques Brel and Gérard Jouannest. Brel recorded the song on 2 November 1965, and it was released on his 1966 album Ces Gens-Là. The song was translated from French into English and retitled "Jackie".

The song has been covered a number of times particularly in Europe. In the United States, the song's popularity grew through its appearance (as "Jackie") in the score of the off-Broadway revue Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, which opened on January 22, 1968.

Scott Walker[edit]

"Jackie"
Single by Scott Walker
from the album Scott 2
B-side "The Plague"
Released 1967
Format 7"
Recorded 1967
Genre Baroque pop
Length 3:24
Label Philips Records
Writer(s) Jacques Brel, Gérard Jouannest, Mort Shuman
Producer(s) John Franz
Scott Walker singles chronology
"Jackie"
(1967)
"Joanna"
(1968)
Music sample

"Jackie" was later recorded and released by the American singer-songwriter Scott Walker as his first solo single in 1967. Walker recorded the Mort Shuman translation. The accompaniment was directed by Wally Stott.

The single met with controversy in the UK likely because of lyrics like "authentic queers and phony virgins" and drug references.[1] The song was banned by the BBC and was not performed on the corporation's TV or played on the mainstream radio channels. The song was performed on the non-BBC channels most notably on Frankie Howerd's show Howerd's Hour where Walker comically danced and during the performance.

"Jackie" was a moderate hit spending nine weeks on the UK Singles Chart and peaking at #22 in January 1967.[2] The following year was included as the opening track on Walker's most popular album Scott 2.

The single is notable for including one of Walker's only non-album b-sides. The accompaniment for "The Plague" was directed by Peter Knight in an atypical arrangement that featured guitar and female backing singers.

Track listing[edit]

Philips - BF 1628
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Jackie"   Jacques Brel, Gérard Jouannest, Mort Shuman 3:24
2. "The Plague"   S. Engel 3:34

Other recordings[edit]

In 1977, Jacky (entitled as "Jackie") was recorded by Peter Straker on his album This One's On Me, which was co-produced by his close friend Freddie Mercury. He has since recorded the song a second time for his 2012 album and associated stage show Brel.

In May 1986, Momus released his version of the song, retitled as "Nicky" after the singer's first name, as the title track of a three song EP of Brel covers.[3]

In 1991, Marc Almond recorded a cover version Brel's song for his album Tenement Symphony, and released it as a single that reached #17 in the UK[4] and #14 in Ireland.[5]

In 2012, Secret Chiefs and Mike Patton collaborated under the moniker Traditionalists to release a cover of this on the Mimicry record label. It also marks the first recorded collaboration of original Mr. Bungle founders Mike Patton and Trey Spruance since the band dissolved in 2004. [6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Williams, Lewis (2006). Scott Walker - The Rhymes of Goodbye (1st ed.). London: Plexus. p. 68. ISBN 0-85965-395-1. 
  2. ^ "Chart Stats - Scott Walker". chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 2012-12-05. Retrieved 2009-02-12. 
  3. ^ Momus: Discography
  4. ^ "Chart Stats - Marc Almond - Jacky". chartstats.com. Retrieved 2010-02-18. 
  5. ^ "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". © IRMA 2006 - 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-20. 
  6. ^ "Web of Mimicry".