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Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, UK (1978 – present)

Joe Jackson (born 11 August 1954 in Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, UK, as David Ian Jackson) is a British musician. Jackson is probably best known for the hit singles Is She Really Going Out With Him? (1979) and Steppin’ Out (1982). Although born in Staffordshire, Jackson grew up in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England.

He started off learning to play the violin but soon switched to piano. From the age of 16 he played in bars, and won a scholarship to study musical composition at London’s Royal Academy of Music. Jackson did not like the prospect of being a serious composer, and moved towards pop and rock.

His first band was Arms and Legs which collapsed after two unsuccessful singles. He then spent some time in the cabaret circuit to make money to record his own demos.

In 1978 a producer heard his tape, and got him signed to A&M Records. The album Look Sharp! was recorded straight away, and was released in 1979, quickly followed by I’m The Man and Beat Crazy in 1980. He also collaborated with Lincoln Thompson in reggae crossover.

The Joe Jackson Band was very successful and toured extensively. After the breakup of the band, Joe took a break and recorded an album of old-style swing and blues tunes, Jumpin’ Jive, featuring songs of Cab Calloway, Lester Young, Glenn Miller, and most prominently, Louis Jordan. He went on to record Night And Day, an album that paid tribute to the wit and style of Cole Porter (and less directly, to New York City) and was his last album to hit the Top 10, peaking at #4.

He recorded another record that was heavily influenced by jazz, pop and jazz standards, and salsa, Body And Soul, which hit #20, containing the hit You Can’t Get What You Want (‘til You Know What You Want).


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  • CatalystDM

    Sort of a two-hit bloke, isn't he?

    12 Sep 4:41pm Reply
  • ShadowGonzo

    I was lucky to see him live in Germany once. Amazing show! But I'd really like to see him again... Wonder if he's ever coming to Denmark.

    16 Jan 1:54pm Reply
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  • devlinpix

    Awesome new rock-doc coming out soon from acclaimed award-winning filmmaker Paul Devlin! Featuring numerous shout-outs to Joe Jackson, and appearances by Graham Maby, Joe's lifelong bassist! Come check out what it's all about! Support the promotion of Joe Jackson & Co!

    26 Sep 2013 Reply
  • pawnshopheart1

    Wanted to know if anyone has a copy of Joe Jackson--"Stranger than Ficition"--video cllip--from the underated cd--"Laughter & Lust"--also looking for a BBC Interview -May 24th -2005./& World Cafe--June 27th 2012. I've got some Joe Stuff to trade . Thanks a lot

    17 Aug 2013 Reply
  • dirrksv

    Loving the vocals of Joe Jackson band - rough, strong, and also with detail in it. Good dynamics.

    13 Aug 2013 Reply
  • WS9167

    I know a few of the more popular songs, I think, but I'm not really convinced. Anyone have anything to change my mind?

    29 Jul 2013 Reply
  • d1lll1nger


    9 May 2013 Reply
  • thetimeiisnow

    Steppin' Out :)

    23 Mar 2013 Reply
  • juansebastianpj

    últimamente me compré un grandes éxitos suyo. todo un clásico!

    16 Mar 2013 Reply
  • A20thCenturyboy

    Look Sharp / I'm The Man = Joe Jackson

    3 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Semafi

    Love Joe, can't stand the duke. Sorry mate.

    1 Sep 2012 Reply
  • SCAR_Blade

    woops, i only just added these guys because they are that epic ive randomly assumed that i had already added them

    29 Aug 2012 Reply
  • E-Clect-Eddy

    The Duke is one of the best albums I've heard, still I would have like to hear more of Joe singing on it. It's got an early 70s vibe.

    21 Jun 2012 Reply
  • daile

    love this guy so much

    11 Apr 2012 Reply
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  • knaepsimon

    I'm the man!

    5 Mar 2012 Reply
  • te_a_fatige

    holy shit Andy Partridge, i FOUND YOU AGAIN AT LAST.

    2 Oct 2011 Reply
  • FionnKirwan

    Geraldine And John what can i say the songs got it going on

    13 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Kershlaus91

    wtf !? tag : joe jackson

    8 Sep 2011 Reply
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