Melvin Jackson

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Melvin Jackson
Birth name Melvin Jackson
Also known as Melvin "Lil' Son" Jackson
Lil' Son Jackson
Born (1915-08-16)August 16, 1915
Tyler, Texas, United States
Origin Tyler, Texas, United States
Died May 30, 1976(1976-05-30) (aged 60)
Dallas, Texas, United States
Genres Blues
Years active 1946–1955, 1960
Labels Gold Star

Melvin "Lil' Son" Jackson (August 16, 1915, Tyler, Texas - May 30, 1976, Dallas[1]) was an American blues guitarist. He was a contemporary of Lightnin' Hopkins.[2]


Jackson's mother played gospel guitar, and he played early on in a gospel group called the Blue Eagle Four.[1] He trained to be a mechanic and did a stint in the Army during World War II, then decided to pursue a career in blues music.[1] He recorded a demo and sent it to Bill Quinn, the owner of Gold Star Records, in 1946.[2] Quinn signed him to a recording contract and released "Freedom Train Blues" in 1948, which became a nationwide hit in the U.S.[1] He recorded for Imperial Records between 1950 and 1954, both as a solo artist and with a backing band.[1] His 1950 tune "Rockin' and Rollin" was recast by later musicians as "Rock Me Baby".[1][3]

He was hurt in a car crash in the middle of the 1950s and gave up his music career, returning to work as a mechanic.[2] In 1960 he released a LP for Arhoolie, but he did not make a major comeback in the wake of the blues revival.[2] He died of cancer in 1976 in Dallas, at the age of 60.[1][4]


B.B. King covered Jackson's "I Got to Leave This Woman", on his 2000 album, Makin' Love Is Good for You. Eric Clapton covered Jackson's "Travelin' Alone", on his 2010 album, Clapton.

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Biography by Bill Dahl". Retrieved May 30, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d Russell, Tony (1997). The Blues - From Robert Johnson to Robert Cray. Dubai: Carlton Books Limited. pp. 122–123. ISBN 1-85868-255-X. 
  3. ^ Broven, John; Gibbon, Peter (2002). Liner notes to B. B. King The Vintage Years, Ace ABOXCD 8.
  4. ^ - accessed May 2009

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