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Jacks in 1974
|Birth name||Terrence Ross Jacks|
29 March 1944 |
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
|Genres||Rock, pop, soft rock|
|Labels||Columbia, Goldfish, Bell, A&M|
|Associated acts||The Poppy Family|
Terrence Ross "Terry" Jacks (born March 29, 1944, Winnipeg, Manitoba) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, record producer and environmentalist, best known for his chart-topping 1974 hit song "Seasons in the Sun".
Terry Jacks was born and raised in Winnipeg. His family relocated to Vancouver in the early 1960s. Jacks took up guitar in his teens and at 18 formed a band called The Chessmen with guitarist Guy Sobell. The group had four top-ten hits in Vancouver between 1964 and 1966.
Following The Chessmen, Terry and Susan Pesklevits (Susan Jacks), whom he later married, formed The Poppy Family along with Craig McCaw and Satwant Singh. They had several hits in Canada and internationally, their biggest being "Which Way You Goin' Billy?", which went to #1 in Canada and #2 on the Billboard charts in the U.S. The song was written and produced by Terry Jacks which earned him a Gold Leaf (Juno) award in 1970 for his production. Jacks was very influenced by Canadian group The Beau-Marks, and claims the name 'Billy' he used was derived from their 1960 hit song 'Billy Billy Went A -Walkin' (Jacks later covered The Beau-Marks 1961 hit "'Cause we're in love" as a pseudonym group "The Hood").
In the early 1970s, Terry travelled to L.A. where he worked with The Beach Boys to record the song "Seasons in the Sun" but the project was never finished and he returned to Vancouver, on the verge of a nervous breakdown after his hard work. He later made the decision to record the song and it was released in late 1973.
Solo and production work
The song "Seasons in the Sun", released in late 1973 on his own record label, Goldfish Records, became the largest-selling international single by a Canadian artist at that time, eventually selling 14 million copies worldwide. It earned Jacks two Juno Awards.
The song was based on Rod McKuen's 1965 adaptation of "Le moribond", originally by Belgian singer Jacques Brel from 1962. For his version, Jacks made some modifications to the lyrics. In the United States, in Great Britain and in Germany, it was released on Bell Records, and the song went to #1 on the charts.
The B-side of "Seasons In The Sun" was a humorous song entitled Put the Bone In which was ostensibly about a woman asking her butcher to put in a bone with the rest of her meat order, but was intended to be a sexual double entendre. (The tune, recorded in Vancouver, contained several members of the Vancouver Canucks hockey team on backing vocals.)
Jacks later released "If You Go Away" (another McKuen adaptation of a Jacques Brel song entitled "Ne Me Quitte Pas"), which reached #8 in Great Britain and #24 in Germany, and a cover of Kevin Johnson's "Rock 'N' Roll (I Gave You The Best Years Of My Life)", both of which had more success in Canada but also made the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the USA.
Jacks also wrote and recorded a number of other songs and went on to produce records for Valdy, Buddy Knox, Nana Mouskouri, and an album for Chilliwack (including their biggest single "Crazy Talk") and a number of other artists.
Jacks has worked in documentary film and video, producing several shorts on environmental themes including "The Faceless Ones" The Tragedy of Clearcutting, The Southern Chilcotin Mountains and The Warmth of Love (The Four Seasons of Sophie Thomas) with cinematographer Ian Hinkle. The video production The Faceless Ones earned an Environmental Gold Award from the New York International Film Festival.
In the late 1970s, Jacks gradually withdrew from the music world. He had a daughter, born in 1985. In the 1980s Jacks became involved in the environmental movement, focusing on pulp mill pollution issues in Canada. His environmental work has earned him several awards including one from the United Nations Association of Canada and the Western Canada Wilderness Committee. He was awarded a lifetime achievement award in 1997 for his work.
- Seasons in the Sun (1974)
- Y' Don't Fight The Sea (1975)
- Pulse (1983)
- Just Like That (1987)
|1970||"I'm Gonna Capture You"||16||-||-||-|
|1973||"I'm Gonna Love You Too"||7||-||116||-|
|1974||"Seasons in the Sun"||1||1||1||1|
|"If You Go Away"||45||10||68||8|
|1975||"Rock 'N' Roll (I Gave You the Best Years of My Life)"||22||5||97||-|
|1976||"Y' Don't Fight the Sea"||31||-||-||-|
|"In My Father's Footsteps"||59||-||-||-|
|1977||"Hey Country Girl"||73||28||-||-|
|1983||"You Fool Me"||-||26||-||-|
|1987||"Just Like That"||-||17||-||-|
- Joel Whitburn: Top Pop Singles 1955-1993. Menomonee Falls / Wisconsin: Record Research Ltd. 1994, p. 295
- Stephen Nugent, Pete Fowler, Annie Fowler: The Log Of American / British Top 20 Hits, 1955-1974. In: Charlie Gillett, Simon Frith (eds.): Rock File 4. Frogmore, St Albans: Panther Books Ltd 1976, p. 203
- Günter Ehnert (ed.): Hit Bilanz. Deutsche Chart Singles 1956-1980. Hamburg: Taurus Press 1990, p. 105
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 273. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- Terry Jacks discography and biography
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- Terry Jacks Biography on Yahoo! Music
- Film: The Warmth of Love