Terry Jacks

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Terry Jacks
Terry Jacks 1974.JPG
Jacks in 1974
Background information
Birth name Terrence Ross Jacks
Born (1944-03-29) 29 March 1944 (age 70)
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Genres Rock, pop, soft rock
Occupations Singer–songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1962–present
Labels Columbia, Goldfish, Bell, A&M
Associated acts The Poppy Family, Johnny Cash

Terrence Ross "Terry" Jacks (born March 29, 1944, Winnipeg, Manitoba) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, record producer and environmentalist, best known for his worldwide chart-topping 1974 hit song "Seasons in the Sun".

Early life[edit]

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.

Seasons in the Sun[edit]

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 and became one of the biggest selling Canadian Singles of all time.[1]

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,[2] in Great Britain[3] and in Germany,[4] it was released on Bell Records, and the song went to #1 on the charts. In Canada it was released on his own label, Goldfish Records, distributed by London Records Canada.

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 many artists including The Beach Boys with a version of Seasons in the Sun several years before his own, but that was never released. He also produced the singles "Crazy Talk"[5] and "There's Something I Like About That"[6] for Chilliwack (band) from their album "Riding High". Terry produced two songs for Nana Mouskouri: Scarborough Fair and Loving Arms in 1976.[citation needed] He produced the Vancouver top 10 hit "Country Boy Named Willy" for "SPRING" on London Records; And Valdy's original version of Rock and Roll Song (b/w sometime Sunday Morning). The Record was scheduled for release on London Records but was re-recorded in L.A. when Valdy signed a recording contract.[7] Terry also speent a lot of time with Buddy Knox in the 1970s and produced a single for him with twosongs: Me and You (written by Jacks) and the George Jones classic "White Lightnin'". The Single remains unreleased. Terry also went on to produce a number of other artists in the 1980s and 90s including Punk Icons DOA (band) who did a punk version of "Where Evil Grows".

Recently[edit]

In 2011 Terry's old friend Al Jardine of The Beach Boys Released a new version of Terry's song Don't Fight The Sea recorded along with fellow Beach Boys Mike Love, Brian Wilson, Bruce Johnston and the late Carl Wilson, who sang part of the lead vocal. A Limited Edition white vinyl 45 was made and sold to benefit Japanese Tsunami victims.

Terry is enjoying Seasons in the Sun living on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, Canada currently working on a new Gospel album with famed guitarist James Burton which should be out later this year.

Film[edit]

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.[8] The video production The Faceless Ones earned an Environmental Gold Award from the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival.[9]

Personal life[edit]

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[10] in 1997 for his work, as well as the Eugene Rogers Environmental Award.[11]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • Seasons in the Sun (1974)
  • Y' Don't Fight The Sea (1975)
  • Pulse (1983)
  • Just Like That (1987)

Singles[edit]

Year Song CAN CAN AC U.S. UK[12]
1970 "I'm Gonna Capture You" 16 - - -
1972 "Concrete Sea" 16 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 -
"Christina" 9 - 106 -
"Holly" 64 - - -
1976 "Y' Don't Fight the Sea" 31 - - -
"In My Father's Footsteps" 59 - - -
1977 "Hey Country Girl" 73 28 - -
1981 "Greenback Dollar" - 9 - -
1983 "You Fool Me" - 26 - -
1987 "Just Like That" - 17 - -

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hall of Fame, Canadian Music. "Terry Jacks". Seasons in the sun. 
  2. ^ Joel Whitburn: Top Pop Singles 1955-1993. Menomonee Falls / Wisconsin: Record Research Ltd. 1994, p. 295
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ Günter Ehnert (ed.): Hit Bilanz. Deutsche Chart Singles 1956-1980. Hamburg: Taurus Press 1990, p. 105
  5. ^ Jacks, Terry. "Producer". Crazy Talk. Gone Fishin' Music Ltd. Retrieved Jan 19, 2014. 
  6. ^ Jacks, Terry. "Producer". Something I Like About That. Gone Fishin' Music Inc. Retrieved Jan 19, 2014. 
  7. ^ http://livevictoria.com/valdy
  8. ^ SophieThomas.org
  9. ^ "Enviromental Achievement". Retrieved Jan 19, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Lifetime Achievement". Terry Jacks. 
  11. ^ "Eugene Rogers Award". Terry Jacks. 
  12. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 273. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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