Chuck Jackson

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For lead singer of the Downchild Blues Band, see Chuck Jackson (musician). For the baseball player, see Chuck Jackson (baseball).
Chuck Jackson
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Chuck Jackson in 1965
Background information
Born (1937-07-22) July 22, 1937 (age 79)
Latta, South Carolina, U.S.
Genres R&B
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Voice
Associated acts

Chuck Jackson (born July 22, 1937) is an American R&B singer, who was one of the first artists to record material by Burt Bacharach and Hal David successfully. He has performed with moderate success since 1961. His hits include "I Don't Want to Cry," "Any Day Now," "I Keep Forgettin'", and "All Over the World".

He was born in Latta, South Carolina, but was raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[1]


Between 1957 and 1959, he was a member of The Del-Vikings, singing lead on the 1957 release "Willette." After leaving them, he was "discovered" by Luther Dixon when he opened for soul legend Jackie Wilson at the Apollo Theater. He signed a recording contract with Scepter Records subsidiary Wand Records. His first single, "I Don't Want to Cry", which he co-wrote, was his first hit (1961). The song charted on both the R&B and pop charts. In 1962, Jackson's recording of the Burt Bacharach-Bob Hilliard song "Any Day Now" became a huge hit and his signature song. His popularity in the 1960s prompted him to buy up the time on his contract from Scepter and move to Motown Records. There he recorded a number of successful singles, including "Honey Come Back." He later recorded for All Platinum and other labels, but with minimal success.

After meeting producer/composer Charles Wallert at the Third Annual Beach Music Awards, the two collaborated to record "How Long Have You Been Loving Me" on Carolina Records.

In 1998 Jackson teamed with longtime friend Dionne Warwick to record "If I Let Myself Go", arranged as a duet by Wallert for Wave Entertainment. The recording received critical acclaim and charted at number 19 on the Gavin Adult Contemporary Charts. Jackson followed with "What Goes Around, Comes Around", another Wallert production and composition, and reached number 13 on the Gavin Charts.[note 1]


Several of Jackson's songs later became hits for other artists, including Ronnie Milsap, whose 1982 cover version of "Any Day Now" reached #1 on the Country and Adult Contemporary charts, and Michael McDonald, who covered "I Keep Forgettin'" with much success. "I Keep Forgettin'" was also covered by David Bowie in his album "Tonight". Jackson was close friends with political strategist Lee Atwater. He appears in the documentary, Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story.

Australian pop-rock band Big Pig recorded a cover to "I Can't Break Away", simply titled "Breakaway", which was used as the opening theme to the 1989 film Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. The song was also covered in 2007 by house music singer Inaya Day.

On 4 October 2015, Chuck Jackson was inducted into the Official Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame.[2]

Hit records[edit]

Year Single Chart positions
1961 "I Don't Want To Cry" 36 24 5
"(It Never Happens) In Real Life" 46 85 22
"Mr. Pride" 91
"I Wake Up Crying" 59 41 13
"The Breaking Point" 108
1962 "What'cha Gonna Say Tomorrow" 142
"Any Day Now" 23 12 2
"I Keep Forgettin'" 55 48
"Who's Gonna Pick Up the Pieces" 119
"Getting Ready For the Heartbreak" 88 101
1963 "Tell Him I'm Not Home"(w/ Doris Troy) 42 43 12
"Tears of Joy" 85 116
"I Will Never Turn My Back On You" 110 29
"Any Other Way" 81 60 47
1964 "Hand It Over" 92 72 13
"Beg Me" 45 50 5
"Somebody New"" 93 125
"Since I Don't Have You" 47 42 18
1965 "I Need You" 75 88 22
"Something You Got"(w/ Maxine Brown) 55 45 10
"If I Didn't Love You" 46 50 18
"Can't Let You Out of My Sight"(w/ Maxine Brown) 91 85
"I Need You So"(w/ Maxine Brown) 98 125
"Good Things Come To Those Who Wait" 105 109
1966 "I'm Satisfied" 112
"Please Don't Hurt Me"(w/ Maxine Brown) 138
"All In My Mind" 143
"These Chains of Love" 127
1967 "Hold On I'm Coming"(w/ Maxine Brown) 91 78 20
"Daddy's Home"(w/ Maxine Brown) 91 87 46
"Shame On Me" 76 86 40
1968 "(You Can't Let the Boy Overpower) The Man in You" 94 92
1969 "Are You Lonely For Me Baby" 107 108 27
"Honey Come Back" 107 43
1970 "Let Somebody Love Me" 133
1973 "I Only Get This Feeling" 117 35
"I Can't Break Away" 62
1975 "I'm Needing You, Wanting You" 30
1980 "I Wanna Give You Some Love" 90

Discography (selected)[edit]


  • 1962: I Don't Want to Cry! (Wand WDM-650)
  • 1962: Any Day Now (Wand WDM-654)
  • 1963: Encore! (Wand WDM-655)
  • 1964: Chuck Jackson on Tour (Wand WDM-658)
  • 1965: Mr. Everything (Wand WDM-667)
  • 1965: Saying Something, with Maxine Brown (Wand WDM-669)
  • 1966: A Tribute to Rhythm and Blues (Wand WDM-673)
  • 1966: A Tribute to Rhythm and Blues, Volume 2 (Wand WDM-676)
  • 1966: Dedicated to the King (Wand WDM-680)
  • 1967: Greatest Hits (Wand WDM-683)
  • 1967: Hold On, We're Coming, with Maxine Brown (Wand WDM-678)
  • 1967: The Early Show, with Tammi Terrell (Wand WDM-682)
  • 1968: Chuck Jackson Arrives (Motown)
  • 1969: Goin' Back to Chuck Jackson (Motown)
  • 1970: Teardrops Keep Falling on My Heart (Motown)
  • 1974: Through All Times (ABC)
  • 1975: Needing You, Wanting You (All Platinum)
  • 1977: The Great Chuck Jackson (Bulldog)
  • 1980: After You (EMI America)
  • 1980: I Wanna Give You Some Love (EMI America)
  • 1994: Chuck Jackson (Platinum Pop)
  • 1994: Encore/Mr. Everything (Kent-UK)
  • 1998: Smooth, Smooth Jackson (Sequel Records)
  • 2005: I'll Take Care of You, with Cissy Houston (Shanachie Entertainment), Re-issue of the 1992 album

Singles on Tamla Motown (UK)

  • TMG651 "Girls Girls Girls" / "(You Can't Let the Boy Overpower) The Man in You" - 7"
  • TMG729 "Honey Come Back" / "What Am I Gonna Do Without You" - 7"[3]


  • 1992: Rhythm and Blues Foundation, "Pioneer Award"
  • 2009: Carolina Beach Music Hall Of Fame "Joe Pope Pioneer Award"


  1. ^ In the 1970s, Jackson's old label, Scepter Records subsidiary Wand Records featured performer and songwriter Charles "Chuck" Jackson as part of The Independents and as a solo artist who issued two albums. That Chuck Jackson, who was also half brother to the Reverend Jesse Jackson, and his songwriting partner and bandmate Marvin Yancy, were later responsible for launching the career of Natalie Cole.There is no connection to the person in this entry


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