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, the Blue Eagle Four.[1] He became a mechanic and served in the Army during World War II, after which he pursued a career as a blues musician[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 United States.[1] Jackson recorded for Imperial Records between 1950 and 1954, both as a solo artist and with a backing band.[1] His 1950 song "Rockin' and Rollin" was recast by later musicians as "Rock Me Baby".[1][3]

Jackson was injured in a car crash in the mid-1950s and gave up his music career, returning to work as a mechanic.[2] He recorded an LP released by Arhoolie Records in 1960 but did not resume his career as a musician during the blues revival in the 1960s.[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. pp. 122–123. ISBN 1-85868-255-X. 
  3. ^ Broven, John, and Gibbon, Peter (2002). Liner notes to B. B. King The Vintage Years. Ace ABOXCD 8.
  4. ^ Accessed May 2009.

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