Susan Jacks

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Susan Jacks
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Susan Jacks in concert
Background information
Birth nameSusan Pesklevits
Born(1948-08-19) 19 August 1948 (age 65)
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
GenresCountry music
Pop music
Easy listening
OccupationsSinger–songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Guitar
Years active1963–present
LabelsColumbia, A&M
Associated actsThe Poppy Family
WebsiteOfficial website
 
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Susan Jacks
Sjred1 thumb.jpg
Susan Jacks in concert
Background information
Birth nameSusan Pesklevits
Born(1948-08-19) 19 August 1948 (age 65)
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
GenresCountry music
Pop music
Easy listening
OccupationsSinger–songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Guitar
Years active1963–present
LabelsColumbia, A&M
Associated actsThe Poppy Family
WebsiteOfficial website

Susan Jacks (born Susan Pesklevits, 19 August 1948, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada) is a Canadian singer–songwriter-producer.

Career[edit]

Susan Jacks was born to a family of eight children in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Her family moved to British Columbia when she was 9, settling in the Fraser valley community of Haney. Jacks began her professional career at 15 when she was asked to be a regular performer on the national Canadian television show, Music Hop.[1] She also appeared on several other national television shows and regularly did live performances in the British Columbia and Alberta areas. She recorded her first singles with two other well known Vancouver performers, Howie Vickers and Tom Northcott, under the name of "The Eternal Triangle"

In 1966, 18-year old Susan Pesklevits asked Terry Jacks to accompany her on guitar for an upcoming appearance. Susan performed a small number of dates with Terry accompanying her on guitar. They decided to add Craig McCaw on lead guitar and, although she continued to make various solo television appearances, Susan made the decision to stop performing live as a solo artist, left the "Eternal Triangle" and dedicated her time to the newly formed trio. The trio used the name "Powerline" for a number of months before settling on the name "The Poppy Family". Susan and Terry married in 1967.[1] Craig McCaw introduced Satwant Singh to the group and he soon joined the trio on tablas. The group began recording as "The Poppy Family featuring Susan Jacks" and had a number of hits from 1968 through the early 1970s. "Which Way You Goin' Billy?" sold over 3 million copies worldwide, hitting No. 1 in Canada, No. 1 in Cashbox and No. 2 in Billboard in the United States. "That's Where I Went Wrong" and "Where Evil Grows' also charted well on Billboard. They consequently followed up with numerous hits in Canada.[2] Terry released Satwant Singh and Craig McCaw from the group in 1970 and, although the name Poppy Family was still used, Susan essentially became a solo artist, with the exception of one or two duets with Terry. She often performed Poppy Family hits on numerous television shows including "Rollin' On The River", "The Bobby Darin Show" and "The George Kirby Special".

In 1972, the Poppy Family name was dropped and, together, Susan and Terry recorded their solo albums. Susan's album was titled "I Thought of You Again" and Terry's titled Seasons in the Sun. Both albums were released in 1973 after Susan left the marriage. The title single earned Susan a nomination for Canadian Female Vocalist of the Year. Susan continued to have hits and other Juno nominations in Canada with songs including "I Thought of You Again", "Anna Marie", "Forever", "All The Tea in China", "Evergreen", "You Don't Know What Love Is", "I Want You To Love Me", "Build A Tower", "Love Has No Pride", and "Another Woman's Man". With the release of her Dream album in 1975, Susan was nominated for her single "Anna Marie". Her 1980 Ghosts album garnered her a Juno nomination with her single "All The Tea in China". In 1982 her Forever album was released.[3] As a solo artist, she appeared regularly on tour as well as television shows including "The Bobby Vinton Show", the Allan Thicke Show and numerous talk shows. She was also featured in a special called "Caught in the Act" and in a Christmas special at Whistler Mountain.

In 1977, Susan met Canadian Football League player Ted Dushinski. They married in 1980 and had a son, Thad. The family moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 1983 where she recorded the Juno-nominated song, "Another Woman's Man".[1] She was voted the best new country artist in Oklahoma for her song "Tall Dark Stranger". She became a staff songwriter for a Nashville publishing company and has had several songs recorded, including a children's song on a Grammy nominated album entitled "A Child's Gift of Lullabyes". Susan would later co-write and sing "Looking For Love" for the movie "The Last Chance Cafe".

In 2004, Jacks returned to Canada when her husband was diagnosed with lung cancer. Upon returning, she was told she was in kidney failure and performed on a limited basis as her strength deteriorated. In 2010, Susan received a kidney transplant when her brother Billy donated a kidney to her. (Billy's name was used for her first hit with the Poppy Family "Which Way You Goin' Billy?").[4] A few months after the transplant, Jacks was again on stage and on 17 April 2011 performed a benefit concert for the Kidney Foundation of Canada to raise awareness of the need for organ donation. The concert brought very favourable response for her return to the stage and she is now planning to resume touring.[5]

Jacks was inducted into the British Columbia Entertainment Hall of Fame on 27 June 2010.[6] and continues to record and perform live.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

YearAlbumCAN
1973I Thought of You Again...
1975Dream93
1976The World of Susan Jacks and the Poppy Family
1980Ghosts
1982Forever

Singles[edit]

YearSingleChart Positions
CANCAN ACCAN CountryUS
[7]
1973"You Don't Know What Love Is"33116
"I Thought of You Again"72
1974"I Want You to Love Me"667
"Build a Tower"5614
1975"You're a Part of Me"411190
"Love Has No Pride"71
"Anna Marie"2013
1976"Memories Are Made of You"495
1980"All the Tea in China"9311
"Twice as Strong"18
1981"Evergreen"530
1982"Forever"19
"It Takes Two"28
1984"Another Woman's Man"47

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Welcome to Susan Jacks' Bio Page". www.susanjacks.com. Retrieved 2010-07-12. 
  2. ^ Library and Archives Canada
  3. ^ "Susan Jacks Takes Control" - Winnipeg Free Press - July 1982.
  4. ^ Fralic, Shelley. The Vancouver Sun. 9 April 2010
  5. ^ "Susan Jacks will host and perform in a benefit concert to promote organ donation". 6 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "BC Entertainment Hall of Fame News: New Inductees Announced". bcehof-news.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2010-07-12. 
  7. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2011). Top Pop Singles 1955–2010. Record Research, Inc. p. 707. ISBN 0-89820-188-8. 

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