1959 Jack Scott – Goodbye Baby
Giovanni Domenico Scafone Jr. was born in Windsor, Canada, across the river from Detroit. His family moved to a suburb of Detroit when he was ten. He performed as Jack Scott as a teenager and formed The Southern Drifters when he turned 18. He concentrated on Rockabilly music.
He signed a solo recording contract with ABC-Paramount in 1957 and began recording songs he wrote himself. His first two singles only did well in the Detroit area. He then moved to the Carlton record label in 1958 and had a double-sided hit: Leroy reached #25 on the Hot 100 while My True Love got as high as #3 on the chart. Both sides reached #5 on the R&B chart.
Frequent appearances on The Dick Clark Saturday Night Beechnut Show and American Bandstand helped him stay on the charts and pushed the single Goodbye Baby to #8 on the Hot 100 near the end of 1958.
After that single’s release, Jack spent most of the next year in the US Army. His records did not do well without him making appearances to promote them.
His career got back on track in 1960, when he moved to Top Rank Records. What in the World’s Come Over You reached #5. He then caught a hit with a song he hadn’t written; Walter Scott (no relation to Jack!) wrote Burning Bridges, and Jack’s version of the song climbed up to #3 on the Hot 100.
Jack continued recording and performing live, but 1960 was the last time he reached the top forty. He recorded a live album in 1995 and one final album in 2015.
Jack died at age 83 after a massive heart attack in 2019.
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