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Walter Jackson

Walter Jackson was '60s Chicago soul at its sweetest and, occasionally, most mainstream. In the mid-'60s, he had a brace of solid R&B hits -- "Suddenly I'm All Alone," "It's an Uphill Climb (To the Bottom)," "Speak Her Name," "Welcome Home," "A Corner in the Sun" -- without ever rising higher than the lower reaches of the Top 100. Recording for the OKeh stable, which was home to the top Chi-Town soul talent, he benefited for a time from the production services of local masters Carl Davis and Curtis Mayfield, who handled the Impressions, Major Lance, Gene Chandler, and others. His sides employed similar punchy brass and strings, but in a smoother, more urbane fashion; Jackson was also comfortable with occasional outings into pure supper-club pop with nary a trace of R&B.

Jackson had already recorded for Columbia (and unsuccessfully auditioned for Motown) when OKeh A&R director Davis saw him at a Detroit piano bar in 1962. Stricken with polio as a young boy, Jackson had never let his disability get in the way of his musical ambitions, performing on crutches. Impressed with his commanding voice, Carl Davis thought of Walter as a Nat King Cole type of singer, and procured material for Jackson from Mayfield, Van McCoy, Chip Taylor, and other top-notch songwriters.

Despite the obvious pop crossover potential of Jackson's recordings, he remained obscure to white listeners. During the latter part of his stay with OKeh, he was reassigned from Davis' stable to producer Ted Cooper. Jackson had a few hits with Cooper, but there was little success after the late '60s, although he recorded for a few more labels before dying of a cerebral hemorrhage in 1983. ~ Richie Unterberger, Rovi
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I saw Walter every time he came to Detroit.
His voice is Unbelievable . . . a b o v e and beyond...won d e r f u l
housecall35
I wish there was another voice that existed like Walters voice somwhere in this world.
Walter Jackson was the Barry White of the 60's Loved his music!
It's just as fresh now as it was then! simply Timeless.wil l see him in heaven.
Operatic Northern Soul*978*4m1 4 y ~
kennebrewper k i n s
I had the great fortune to see him perform at the Regal many times. He also opened for Nancy Wilson in Chicago. His performance was better than Ms. Wilson's. Walter was SMOOTh.
QueenB
Great pipes wow
I have always loved Walter Jackson music...it has that special touch with a sense of true life story...gone way too soon..
Sir Walter:)
bigdrom
classic!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! what ever happened to this kind of artist?
stanford.lai r d
I remember seeing Walter Jackson perform in Chicago at theRegal. I have only happy memories.
I was introduced to Mr. Jacksons music @ 13 yrs old in 1963. Have loved it since the first time I heard it. Timeless, smooth, silky, sexy and sophisticate d presentation . Love him and we lost him too soon.
Did not remember Mr. Jackson from the 60's. I missed out. What a voice. Which I had seen him perform.
ancsr1
What a voice, so clear so dynamic, I love my 60's and 70's music. I'm 66 now and still going strong.
mrsjay9
I have respected Walter Jackson since I was 14 and now I am 63 .He was a great singer!!! There will never be another one like him
His voice was a deep & thundering sonic storm of pure passion
All of Walter Jackson's songs brings back nothing but good memories of someone you once loved and lost.....
HE WAS MY FRIEND - A GREAT SINGER AND PERSON
I just love his voice
d_muhammad
One of the Greatest voices I've ever heard!!
Great singer!
dorothyjorda n 9 8
I loves me sum Walter Jackson
Barry White said it best, "Walter Jackson knew how to treat a song."
afasdadsfasd
my favorite!!!
I was a teenager when Walter Jackson's music came into my life. He was a favorite of my mother and I fell in love with his voice and his music. Now as a middle aged woman I love his music even more. For me everyone of his songs is a classic.
I saw Walter in Chi-town in 1967,and he sat for two hours and no body left.We were all touched by his performance and his voice.
I saw him at a supper club in Washington DC - It was one of the best acts I have ever seen in a supper club and all he did was sing! We could use more real singers like him - no electronics, just a great voice.
I saw him do a concert on the southside of Chicago, an assume experence. He sat perched on small couch, it was a ballroom setting and everyone crowded around like we were in a grand living room, his band right behind him. He belted perhaps every song in his repitore, every song, afterward he just got help to stand, rose and was assited away. It was something I would pay NFL Superbowl frontrow price to see again.
today's artists could learn alot from this great singer.
earlwiggs10
I REMEMBER THIS GUY....I WAS ABOUT 7 OR 8 YEARS OLD LISTENING TO HIS SONGS....... . . . . . . D O THE MATH FOLKS!!! ATL....LATER YALL!!
HE WAS JUST GREAT WITH A VOICE THAT WAS SO SMOOTH AND COOL.
Sir Walter Jackson!
dalay
Great voice welcome home -hard hittin
WHAT A VOICE!!
Gone too soon.

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