Chuck Jackson

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Chuck Jackson in 1965

Chuck Jackson (born July 22, 1937) is an American R&B singer, who was one of the first artists to record material by Burt Bacharach and Hal David successfully. He has performed with moderate success since 1961. His hits include "I Don't Want to Cry," "Any Day Now," "I Keep Forgettin'" and "All Over the World".

He was born in Latta, South Carolina, but was raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


Between 1957 and 1959, he was a member of The Del-Vikings, singing lead on the 1957 release "Willette." After leaving them, he was "discovered" by Luther Dixon when he opened for soul legend Jackie Wilson at the Apollo Theater. He signed a recording contract with Scepter Records subsidiary Wand Records. His first single, "I Don't Want to Cry", which he co-wrote, was his first hit (1961). The song charted on both the R&B and pop charts. In 1962, Jackson's recording of the Burt Bacharach-Bob Hilliard song "Any Day Now" became a huge hit and his signature song. His popularity in the 1960s prompted him to buy up the time on his contract from Scepter and move to Motown Records. There he recorded a number of successful singles, "Honey Come Back." He later recorded for All Platinum and other labels, but with minimal success.

After meeting producer/composer Charles Wallert at the Third Annual Beach Music Awards, the two collaborated to record "How Long Have You Been Loving Me" on Carolina Records.

In 1998 Jackson teamed with longtime friend Dionne Warwick to record "If I Let Myself Go", arranged as a duet by Wallert for Wave Entertainment. The recording received critical acclaim and charted at number 19 on the Gavin Adult Contemporary Charts. Jackson followed with "What Goes Around, Comes Around", another Wallert production and composition, and reached number 13 on the Gavin Charts.

Several of Jackson's songs later became hits for other artists, including Ronnie Milsap, whose 1982 cover version of "Any Day Now" reached #1 on the Country and Adult Contemporary charts, and Michael McDonald, who covered "I Keep Forgettin'" with much success. "I Keep Forgettin'" was also covered by David Bowie in his album "Tonight". Jackson was close friends with political strategist Lee Atwater. He appears in the documentary, Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story. Australian pop-rock band Big Pig recorded a cover to "I Can't Break Away", simply title "Breakaway", which was used as the opening theme to the 1989 film Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.

Interestingly enough, in the '70's, Chuck's old label, Scepter Records subsidiary Wand Records featured Charles "Chuck" Jackson, half brother of Jesse Jackson and no relation to the Chuck who recorded for them in the '60's, both solo and in the Chicago soul group, The Independents, He, and his songwriting partner and bandmate Marvin Yancy, were later responsible for successfully launching the career of Natalie Cole.

Hit records[edit]

YearSingleChart positions
1961"I Don't Want To Cry"365
"(It Never Happens) In Real Life"4622
"Mr. Pride"91
"I Wake Up Crying"5913
1962"Any Day Now"232
"I Keep Forgettin'"55
"Who's Gonna Pick Up the Pieces"119
"Getting Ready For the Heartbreak"88
1963"Tell Him I'm Not Home"(w/ Doris Troy)4212
"Tears of Joy"85
"I Will Never Turn My Back On You"11029
"Any Other Way"81*
1964"Hand It Over"92*
"Beg Me"45*
"Somebody New""93*
"Since I Don't Have You"47*
1965"I Need You"75*
"Something You Got"(w/ Maxine Brown)5510
"If I Didn't Love You"4618
"Can't Let You Out of My Sight"(w/ Maxine Brown)91
"I Need You So"(w/ Maxine Brown)9822
"Good Things Come To Those Who Wait"105
1966"I'm Satisfied"112
1967"Hold On I'm Coming"(w/ Maxine Brown)9120
"Daddy's Home"(w/ Maxine Brown)9146
"Shame On Me"7640
1968"(You Can't Let the Boy Overpower) The Man in You"94
1969"Are You Lonely For Me Baby"10727
"Honey Come Back"43
1973"I Only Get This Feeling"11735
"I Can't Break Away"62
1975"I'm Needing You, Wanting You"30
1980"I Wanna Give You Some Love"90

Discography (selected)[edit]


Singles on Tamla Motown (UK)



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