1966 Deon Jackson – Love Makes The World Go Round
Ollie McLaughlin was born in Mississippi but spent most of his life living in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He worked at radio station WHRV beginning in the late forties. He ran concerts and started his own record labels in the fifties. He also discovered Del Shannon, enabled the production of the hit Runaway, and even produced several of Del’s singles (including Hats Off To Larry). He also discovered Barbara Lewis and helped with the production of her early hits.
Deon Jackson grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and sang in several vocal groups while in high school. Ollie signed Deon and produced a single Deon had written, You Said You Loved Me. While the single was a regional hit in 1963, it did not reach the national charts. Deon released at least one more single that had only regional impact in the next two years and spent most of that time appearing in clubs.
In 1965, Ollie produced Love Makes The World Go Round, another song that Deon wrote himself. The single was released on Ollie’s Carla Records label. The single reached the Hot 100 in early 1966 and peaked at #11 on the Hot 100 and #3 on the R&B chart in March. An album was issued by ATCO Records soon after the single’s success.
The follow-up singles did not do well.
In 1967, Deon’s last charting record came out. Deon did not write Ooh Baby, but the single still managed to reach #28 on the R&B chart. Sadly, the single peaked at only #65 on the Hot 100. Several more singles followed on Carla Records and a few other record labels, but there were no more hits.
Deon continued appearing at local clubs into the seventies. Deon became a teacher and counselor in the school district of Wheaton, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago).
Deon did become a success in the UK in the late sixties and early seventies thanks to the Northern Soul movement. Ooh Baby, in particular, became a Northern Soul classic.
Deon died after a brain hemorrhage in 2014.
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