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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)

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ATL, r u ready for Freddie? Sweet Memories from " back-in-the- d a y when I hosted. V-103's Quiet Storm !!
The brother is flat blowing this cut!!!! One of the best love songs ever!
One great of the time
debbiedo6196
Dance tonight
Beautiful melody and voice wow I can make love endlessly with my husband!!!
I love Freddie Jackson he has a beautiful voice and he makes beautiful songs
My man sings this to me, and he cannot sing, but he sounds so beautiful to me. I love u baby.
Love 4 my man 2 sing this2 me...... slow dancing in the FAMILY ROOM
I love this song...main course is the best though!!!
Very sensual, it makes your body move to the great beat..... Enjoy dancing slow with a great mover!!! Love the music xxxxx
Love song
Great
GETYÔURGRÔÔV E O N
DAMN gooooood asssss song real talk:-)!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
He is the better song of the wold for me , good look
Gives me chills, Love this song.
Youisaking
Heissodeep
Yougo
This is my jam
VERY GOOD IN CONCERT
I Sure Remember This Song In The 80's One Of My Favorite Song's By Freddie Great And Wonderful Memorie's It's A Shame We All Just Don't Hear Music Like This Today Sing It Freddie Go Pandora Go What You Say !!!!!!!
Yes thts my ishhh
Love this song!
chanel.reid
Saw him last Saturday with the Men of Soul tour. I would like him a little larger but he still sounds good!
One of my old time favorites.
Rock Me Tonight...lo v e this song! Freddie Jackson simply one of the best
This is my jam
karent5551
John Legend
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
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