1964 Jackie Ross – Selfish One
Jackie Ross was born in St. Louis in 1946. Both her father and her mother were preachers, and Jackie began singing on their gospel radio show when she was only three years old. Her father died in 1954, and Jackie and her mother moved to Chicago. Sam Cooke became friends with her mother, and Jackie signed up with Sam’s record label.
Jackie’s wrote Hard Times and that became her first single release in 1962. The record did not chart. Sam died in 1964, and Jackie joined blues-singer Syl Johnson’s band for a brief time.
Chess Records signed Jackie and released Selfish One. The single peaked at #11 on the Hot 100 in 1964. The song is familiar, but I don’t think I’ve heard it again since the sixties.
Her follow-up single stalled at #89.
Jackie recorded The Jerk And Twine in 1965, a song that combined two dances. Since the single only made it up to #85, maybe she should have included a third dance. It became one of the records popular with England’s Northern Soul fans.
Over the next twenty years, Jackie recorded for multiple record labels but never reached the Hot 100 again. She returned to recording gospel music in the eighties.
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