1961 Chuck Jackson – I Don’t Want To Cry
Singer Chuck Jackson joined the Del-Vikings in the mid-fifties and sang with the group until he left to pursue a solo career in 1959. Luther Dixon caught Chuck’s performance as the opening act for Jackie Wilson at The Apollo Theater. That led to a contract with Wand Records, a subsidiary of Scepter Records.
Chuck co-wrote a song with Luther that became his first successful single. I Don’t Want To Cry peaked at only #36 on the Hot 100 in 1961 but reached the top five of the R&B chart.
In 1962, Chuck recorded a song written by Burt Bacharach and Bob Hilliard, Any Day Now. His single reached #23 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the R&B chart. Burt even introduced Chuck and pretended to play the organ on a television special.
Chuck’s 1962 album also included I Keep Forgetting, a song written by Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, and Gilbert Garfield. Chuck’s single peaked at only #55 on the Hot 100, but the song took on a life of its own.
The Checkmates, Ltd. covered the song in 1970, but their single failed to reach the charts.
Michael McDonald co-wrote I Keep Forgetting (Every Time You’re Near) with Ed Sanford of the Sanford-Townsend Band. Michael’s single reached #4 on the Hot 100 in 1982. Despite the identical title, the song was very different from Chuck’s single. Because some lyrics were close enough to Chuck’s original song, Leiber and Stoller were eventually given co-writing credit.
David Bowie also recorded an actual cover of Chuck’s song on an album in 1984 that did not get released as a single.
Chuck continued recording songs that reached the R&B chart top forty through the mid-seventies. He continued recording albums well into the nineties.
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