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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Diamond Collection

1. Transitions

2. Tiptoe (My Bedroom)

3. Can't Get My Flow

4. Nice & Slow

5. Have You Ever Loved Somebody

6. Tasty Love

7. Until The End Of Time

8. Something You Got (I Always Come Back)

9. More Than Friends

10. Hold On Me

11. You Are My Lady

12. Rock Me Tonight

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Track List: Time For Love

1. I Could Use A Little Love

2. Time For Love Tonight

3. Chivalry

4. Trouble

5. Can I Touch You

6. All I'll Ever Ask

7. Will You Be There

8. Come With Me Tonight

9. Can We Try

10. Me & Mrs. Jones

11. Live My Life Without You

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Track List: Don't Let Love Slip Away

1. Nice 'n' Slow

2. Hey Lover

3. Don't Let Love Slip Away

4. Crazy (For Me)

5. One Heart Too Many

6. If You Don't Know Me By Now

7. You And I Got A Thang

8. Special Lady

9. Yes, I Need You

10. It's Gonna Take A Long Time

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Track List: Just Like The First Time

1. Tasty Love

2. Have You Ever Loved Somebody

3. Look Around

4. Jam Tonight

5. Just Like The First Time

6. I Can't Let You Go

7. I Don't Want To Lose Your Love

8. Janay

9. Still Waiting

10. You Are My Love

11. A Little Bit More

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Track List: Rock Me Tonight

1. He'll Never Love You (Like I Do)

2. Love Is Just A Touch Away

3. I Wanna Say I Love You

4. You Are My Lady

5. Rock Me Tonight

6. Sing A Song Of Love

7. Calling

8. Good Morning Heartache

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Track List: Do Me Again

1. Don't It Feel Good

2. Love Me Down

3. Main Course

4. It Takes Two

7. Do Me Again

9. Second Time For Love

11. All Over You

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Track List: I Don't Wanna Go (Radio Single)

1. I Don't Wanna Go

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When Freddie Jackson arrived on the scene I met my first love, boy was I infactuated.
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Freddie Jackson is definitely one of my favorite artists.
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This is soul music, remember what you were doing when this album came out?
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Ballads classic
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I Love him
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Romantic
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Freddie Jackson...lo v e him!
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I like this song because it brings a lot of memories of me and my babe dancing together. ������������
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Needs to come back with all his hits?? Would love to hear him again?
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I don't want to lose your love!
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cherokeeprin c e s s 1 2 7
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Freddie Jackson is one of my favorite R&B singers
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I wish the young people know of this music they like us would be somewhere making love instead of war!!! Jeff hope u are listening Love always GO!!!!
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matimot2001
My fave FJ song
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I love his music
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Still here! Freddie J!
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Freddie Jackson has a fantastic voice. Just love me down and Jam tonight classics.
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Sing Freddie I love you boo
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He foul as a b**ch
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lizabdiaz
WASTED TIME WITH ALL !!!IT WAS A SIMPLE CALL!!IT'S TO LATE!!!.... YOU USE TO BE MY SOULMATE!!I CAN GO ON !!AND ON!! SO YOU THINK YOU WON!! I COULD RYHME ALL DAY LONG!!!BUT CAN'T YOU ADMIT YOU WERE WRONG!!??? AGAIN YOU WEREN'T THERE!!!!!! SO OBVIOUSLY YOU SHOW YOU DIDN'T CARE!!!
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lizabdiaz
I DON'T GOT TIME FOR THIS!!!
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sherenity4li f e
I play well with honesty!
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I loveeeeeeee me some Freddie Jackson ��❤️❤️❤️����
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I love this music
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kimready46
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Rock me tonight for old time ricky
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That finger snapping music ayyyyyyyy..s n a p p n
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Love,love,lo v s
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I can't but rock with you Freddie.....
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Old school!! My jam��
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Ole School is the Best! Freddie was on point!
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❤️❤️❤️❤️
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Ahhhh yes!! The 80s, real music.
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Yes indeed
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I love this song . This is my jam
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Reminds me of growing up in the 80's best years of my life as a child��❤️
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Brings back smiling memories that will last a lifetime. Taking it back to innocent times. ❤️
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Love your music especially the song*"You are my Lady," We played it for our wedding and now we are 30 years married!
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Love it
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Freddie Jackson the man of music for the ladies...
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Love this sweet slow unwinding jam...wish I could go back....
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johna072
Brings me back...way back��
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I love Freddie Jackson's music.
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Wish the music could go back to this time
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When I hear this man's music it takes me to when I thought I was in love. Rip
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I listen to Freddie Jackson everyday in my car! Ole' school at its best!!!
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Like it79
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Awesome
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They sleeping on Freddie Jackson klearly one of the BEST
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I love this Song I'm 31 and it will remain a classic to me
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