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Walter Jackson

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WALTER JACKSON (March 19, 1938, Pensacola, Florida - June 20, 1983, Chicago, Illinois)

Walter Jackson was an R&B singer with a big band pop soul sound. When first starting to perform he seemed destined to make a tremendous impact, but for some reason fell just short of this prediction. Never the less some feel the Walter left a collection of some of the finest R&B music from that era. Crippled from childhood with Polio, Walter was on crutches most of his life. Yet his disability enhanced his performances more than detract from them. It seemed to give him an ability to interpret and project his music with a much deeper emotion and never dampened his ambition or enthusiasm. During his lifetime, as with so many artist of that era, he never found a way to connect with more than a few fans outside R&B circles. Whether “not in tune with the times” or perhaps “ahead of the times” he none-the-less has left us with a collection of unbelievable music.

Walter and his parents moved to Detroit when he was still a baby and there he later attended Northwestern High School singing whenever he had the opportunity. His first recording experience came in 1959 as lead singer with a local group, the Velvetones (Ronald Head, Neil Magby, Bobby Jones and Mary Nicholson). After the group broke up, he unsuccessfully auditioned for Motown. Then in 1962 he got his first real break. Okeh Records A&R director, Carl Davis was in a local piano bar one evening and by chance heard Walter performing. Davis’ first impression of Walter’s commanding voice was that of Nat “King” Cole, Joe Williams, Arthur Prysock or Billy Eckstine.

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  • belainerd

    Missing is his album "This Is My Beloved". This is a great album/love story for anyone who loves his voice and his music. I have been listening to his music since the 70's.

    7 Mar 5:52pm Reply
  • satan_88_level

    ^_^

    3 Apr 2013 Reply
  • CidaDuarteF

    Very good!!

    26 Jul 2012 Reply
  • A-W-A-X

    Do you remember Walter?

    28 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Baader-Meinh0F

    It Will Be The Last Time

    1 Apr 2011 Reply
  • brownieboy

    Nice track "It's An Uphill Climb (To The Bottom)"

    6 Mar 2011 Reply
  • 10seman

    I was a college freshman when I first heard "Welcome Home" and "Suddenly I'm All Alone" on WNOX-AM... The year was 1964... I was one of those white boys that loved R&B as much as R&R... I bought the album and ran a needle through it... Not a bad track on it... Now, 35 years later it's still one of my favorites...

    29 Apr 2009 Reply
  • SGwinn

    Don't forget to vote for an image of Walter.

    9 Oct 2006 Reply

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