Watch the “For Better, For Worse” episode of “Rookie Blue” to hear Clarence Nelson and “You Make Me Feel So Good”!!
With over 500 songs written or co-written by him in the BMI database, George Jackson’s songwriting was prolific. He wrote or co-wrote hits for Clarence Carter (the gold single “Too Weak to Fight”), Wilson Pickett (“A Man and a Half”), Bob Seger (“Old Time Rock and Roll,” “Trying to Live My Life Without You”) Z.Z. Hill (“Down Home Blues”), and the Osmonds (the million-selling “One Bad Apple” and “Double Lovin’”), among others.
George Jackson wrote and cut several tracks at the Sounds of Memphis Studio in the 70s. A fantastic compilation of these songs was released by Ace Records, “George Jackson in Memphis 1972-1977: The Sounds of Memphis and XL Recordings.” His personal releases were on the MGM/SOM, Chess and ER Music labels. The vaults of Sounds of Memphis, now Simply Grand Music, Inc. were preserved by president, Linda Lucchesi. These releases are timeless Memphis soul gems. His work with Dan Greer, Raymond Moore, The Ovations, Spencer Wiggins is woven into the Sounds of Memphis tapes. Songs like, “Aretha, Sing One for Me”, “Things Are Getting Better”, “How Can I Get Next to You”, “Walking the City Streets”, “(If I Could Get On That) Soul Train”, and “I Don’t Need You No More” highlight his range and storytelling ability.
George also never hesitated to work with new songwriters and share his experiences and knowledge. He proved to be a mentor to countless songwriter’s aspiring to be as successful as George Jackson. Although George lived in Mississippi for most of his life, the time he spent in Memphis left a definite mark.
It is a shame that George didn’t receive the accolades he deserved for being such a prolific songwriter while he was alive. Thankfully, his recordings and songs will live on forever and many generations to come will enjoy his talent. We will miss our “Old Friend”.
We have learned that Nathaniel “Pedro” Lewis passed away in Memphis on April 10th, 2013. As a member of The Ovations, he delighted many soul fans throughout the world. Working with Louis Williams and William Young, they recorded two albums at Sounds of Memphis Studio and numerous tracks that didn’t make the cuts.
Two great albums have been released by Ace Records in the UK – “The Ovations Featuring Louis Williams: The Complete Sounds of Memphis Albums” and “One in a Million: The XL and Sounds of Memphis Recordings“.
Pedro was the last surviving member of The Ovations. We hope their legacy lives on with these releases and the world hears what a great Memphis soul group The Ovations were.
ASCAP has announced it will honor Country music songwriter Bob McDill with the prestigious Golden Note Award at its 50th Annual Country Music Awards, to be held Oct. 29 at Opryland Hotel.
The Texas-born songwriter has written 31 No. 1 songs throughout his three decade career. He has garnered four Grammy nominations, ASCAP Songwriter of the Year (1994), NSAI Songwriter of the Year three times and was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1985.
After Perry Como recorded his song, “Happy Man” in the ’60s, McDill moved to Nashville. He went on to score hits and cuts by Johnny Russell (“Catfish John”), Don Williams (“It Must Be Love” and “Good Ole Boys Like Me”), Waylon Jennings (“Amanda”), Alabama (“Song of the South”), Mel McDaniel (“Baby’s Got Her Blue Jeans On” and “Louisiana Saturday Night”), and Keith Whitley (“Don’t Close Your Eyes”).
McDill’s success continued into the ’90s with titles including “Gone Country,” “She Don’t Know She’s Beautiful,” “Why Didn’t I Think of That,” and “All The Good Ones Are Gone.”
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