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Freddie Jackson

To urban contemporary listeners, Freddie Jackson was one of the biggest stars of the latter half of the '80s, dominating the R&B charts seemingly at will. Jackson's forte was sophisticated, romantic soul ballads aimed at adult audiences, but he was also capable of tackling urban contemporary dance fare and even the occasional jazz tune. Yet unlike many of his peers -- Luther Vandross, Anita Baker, Peabo Bryson, etc. -- Jackson never managed to cross over to the pop charts, where none of his R&B smashes even breached the Top Ten. As new trends like hip-hop altered the urban contemporary landscape, Jackson gradually faded from view during the '90s.

Jackson was born October 2, 1956, in Harlem, and like so many soul stars, he was trained as a gospel singer from an early age, singing at the White Rock Baptist Church. There he met Paul Laurence, who would later become his producer and songwriting partner. After completing school, Jackson joined Laurence's group LJE (Laurence-Jones Ensemble) and played the New York club scene. During the early '80s, Jackson moved to the West Coast and sang lead with the R&B band Mystic Merlin, but soon returned to New York to work with Laurence at the Hush Productions company. He sang on demo recordings of Laurence's compositions, and also served as a backup singer for Melba Moore after she caught his nightclub act.

In 1985, Jackson landed a record deal with Capitol and issued his debut album, Rock Me Tonight. The Laurence-penned title track stormed the R&B charts, spending a whopping six weeks at number one, and made Jackson an instant sensation on urban contemporary radio. "You Are My Lady" gave him a second straight R&B chart-topper, and also proved to be his highest-charting single on the pop side, peaking at number 13. With "He'll Never Love You (Like I Do)" and "Love Is Just a Touch Away" also hitting the R&B Top Ten, Rock Me Tonight topped the R&B album charts and went platinum. Jackson wasted no time issuing a follow-up set; Just Like the First Time appeared in 1986 on the heels of a number one R&B duet with Melba Moore, "A Little Bit More" (from her album A Lot of Love). Another platinum-seller, Just Like the First Time continued Jackson's incredible dominance of the R&B singles charts; "Tasty Love," "Have You Ever Loved Somebody," and "Jam Tonight" all hit number one, while "I Don't Want to Lose Your Love" went to number two.

The pace of Jackson's success slowed to less superhuman levels with the 1988 release of Don't Let Love Slip Away, which nonetheless featured another R&B chart-topper in "Hey Lover," plus further hits in "Nice and Slow" and "Crazy (For Me)." The title track of 1990's Do Me Again duplicated that feat, and "Main Course" just missed, topping out at number two. Even so, Jackson's early placings in the lower reaches of the pop Top 40 had long since disappeared, and some critics charged that his albums were growing too similar to one another. Perhaps it was a lack of distinctiveness in his material that hurt Jackson's chances for a pop breakthrough; whatever the case, 1992's Time for Love failed to duplicate the crossover success Luther Vandross was belatedly enjoying, despite a hit cover of the soul classic "Me and Mrs. Jones."

Seeking a new beginning, Jackson parted ways with Capitol in late 1993, and signed with RCA. His label debut, Here It Is, appeared the following year, with diminished commercial returns -- in part because his straightforwardly romantic ballad style was increasingly out of step with the sexually explicit new breed of R&B crooner. Following a Christmas album, Jackson recorded Private Party (1995) for Scotti Brothers; its biggest single, "Rub Up Against You," reached the Top 25 of the R&B chart. From then on, Jackson recorded independent albums with a modest level of commercial success. These releases included Life After 30 (number 81 R&B, 1999), It's Your Move (number 45 R&B, 2004), the covers set Personal Reflections (did not chart, 2005), Transitions (number 26 R&B, 2006), and For You (2010). ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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Track List: I Don't Wanna Go (Radio Single)

Comments

Classic
Grew up on him
I grew up on Freddie at the age of 6 listen with my mother. She will be cleaning the house.
solandnoopti o n s
Ohh- this is the guy who's lover IS Billie Jean:)
He looks awesome!(I'm really lost on him, really lost on him,I don't no him!
THIS WAS AND STILL IS MY SONG, (you are my lady) love you FREDDIE
nice and slow
MR.F.JACKSON * * * * R O C K ME 2NIGHT.
NICE**** SUMMER NIGHT !!!
Rock me to night
I haven't heard this song in so long! It's Soo 90's!
Old school
it allway get me into so of type of way
Love Makin music
awe for the love of good music
I love all of his songs
I don't know why you didn't cross over. I'm white (well, not your average white girl)...but I put you in the category of Luther, the Isley Brothers, etc. who crossed over...anywa y , you have been one of my favorite artists of all times....sus a n
Back in my navy days,sailing Mediterranea n ' s , thinking of my of Regina.
you are my lady is a classic from the 80's 80's baby repping now this is true r&b gotta love the oldies i miss the old school slow jams from the 80's and 90's even the early 00's was good
Love this song!
This is my first time hearing anything from this album. I'm glad Freddie Jackson is still making music. I loved the episode about him on Unsung or Life After. He will always be a favorite of mine. He is one of the greatest.
This was in regular rotation in the crib coming up
1224012991
So Smoooooooth! ! !
slow and smooth
My mother loves Mr. Jackson so I grew up on his songs great times for us as a family. Love you mom for showing me what good music is
Hey lover!!!
Very smooth...... . . .
Beautiful still. Timeless
Yougobaß
Your music was not played for a while, because the music machine overplayed you for a while.... but those of us who love and miss your music in our lives never forgot.... I still slow dance with my lady, in the living room every time one of your sweet love songs comes on Pandora. I am always surprised when I met a new woman, and your music comes on, and she can see that my heart is filled with love, and that hearing your voice takes me back to some of the purest memories of love.
This is for the grown and sexy!!!
Memories.... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you have started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works
i luv Freddie jackson I grow up on his songs
do not play this song again
I love Freddie's music it will never fade muah ����
he is truly magical my husband loved him hes passed on now but thee memories of him live in me when I here Freddie j it takes mmmme back
I grew up listening to this man.. He was always playing in our house. I still be grooving and singing his music .. He is something special :)
Yes
He really needs a Grammy, honor, something
nicegrrl92
Ooh......I have goose bumps right now....just love down!
Have You Ever Loved Somebody.... s t i l l feelin' this song
I would love to sing a gosple song with u freddie
freddie is my baby to every song he ever made I loved it I wish he come back to singing agaun I love u freddie
youngdivagur l 1 6
Freddie jackson the man school was cool in the 80 s sings like these that defined you shout out class of 86
High School days.....
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop. Put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works.
Sit back and chill on Sunday evening
With Mr. Freddie Jackson
Love me some Freddie Jackson...!! !
Freddie jackson is so underrated. This dude has had some great hits. Freddie still doing it he has dropped a couple of albums in the past few years and they were good.
Where's Freddie now? WE NEED HIM TO MAKE A STRONG COMEBACK.... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . W E NEED REAL, MEANINGFUL MUSIC AGAIN!!
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