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Jack Scott
Birth name Giovanni Dominico Scafone Jr.
Born January 24, 1936 (1936-01-24) (age 74)
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Genres Rock and roll
Traditional popular music
Occupations Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1957 – present
Labels ABC-Paramount, Carlton Records, Top Rank, RCA Victor, Jubilee, Groove, Harvest
Website Official website

Jack Scott (born Giovanni Dominico Scafone Jr., January 24, 1936, Windsor, Ontario, Canada[1]) is an Canadian/American singer and songwriter. He was the first white rock and roll star to come out of Detroit, Michigan. He has been called "undeniably the greatest Canadian rock and roll singer of all time."[2]

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Career

Scott spent his early childhood in Windsor across the river from Detroit.[1] When he was 10, Scott's family moved to Hazel Park, a Detroit suburb. He grew up listening to hillbilly music and was taught to play the guitar by his father.[1] As a teenager, he pursued a singing career and recorded as 'Jack Scott.' At the age of 18, he formed the Southern Drifters.[1] After leading the band for three years, he signed to ABC-Paramount Records as a solo artist in 1957.[1]

After recording two good-selling local hits for ABC-Paramount in 1957, he switched to the Carlton record label and had a double-sided national hit in 1958 with "Leroy" (#11) / "My True Love" (#3).[1] The record sold over one million copies, earning Scott his first gold disc.[3] Later in 1958, "With Your Love" (#28) reached the Top 40. In all, six of 12 songs on his first album became hit singles. On most of these tracks, he was backed up by the vocal group, the Chantones.[4]

He served in the United States Army during most of 1959, just after "Goodbye Baby" (#8) made the Top Ten. 1959 also saw him chart with "The Way I Walk" (#35).

At the beginning of 1960, Scott again changed record labels, this time to Top Rank Records.[1] He then recorded four Billboard Hot 100 hits - "Oh, Little One," "It Only Happened Yesterday" (#38), "What In the World's Come Over You" (#5) and "Burning Bridges" (#3).[1] "What In the World's Come Over You" was Scott's second gold disc winner.[5] Scott continued to vacillate between cowboy crooner and rough-edged rocker throughout the remainder of the 1960s and 1970s, recording for a variety of labels, including Groove and Dot.[1] In 1974, he managed to have a minor country music hit with his Dot single "You're Just Gettin' Better."[1] In May 1977, Scott recorded a Peel session for BBC Radio 1 disc jockey, John Peel.

Scott had more U.S. singles (19), in a shorter period of time (41 months), than any other recording artist - with the exception of The Beatles.[6]. Scott wrote all of his own hits, except one: "Burning Bridges."[4]

His legacy ranks him with the top legends of rock and roll. It has been said that "with the exception of Roy Orbison and Elvis Presley, no white rock and roller of the time ever developed a finer voice with a better range than Jack Scott, or cut a more convincing body of work in Rockabilly, Rock and Roll, Country-Soul, Gospel, Country-Pop or Blues".[7][4]

In 1992 Scott re-recorded "Burning Bridges"; as a duet with Carroll Baker. In 2007, Jack Scott was inducted into the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame. More recently Scott was nominated for the Hit Parade Hall of Fame. He is still actively singing and touring today and resides in a suburb of Detroit.

Discography

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Albums

Year Album
1958 Jack Scott
1959 What Am I Living For
1960 I Remember Hank Williams
What in the World's Come Over You
1961 The Spirit Moves Me
1964 Burning Bridges

Singles

Year Single Chart Positions Album
US US Country CAN Country
1958 "Leroy" 11 Jack Scott
"My True Love" 3
"Geraldine" 96
"With Your Love" 28
1959 "Goodbye Baby" 8
"Save My Soul" 73
"I Never Felt Like This" 78 What Am I Living For
"The Way I Walk" 35 Jack Scott
"There Comes a Time" 71 What Am I Living For
1960 "What in the World's Come Over You" 5 What in the World's Come Over You
"Burning Bridges" 3
"Cool Water" 85 Burning Bridges
"It Only Happened Yesterday" 38
"Patsy" 65
1961 "Is There Something on Your Mind" 89
"A Little Feeling (Called Love)" 91
"My Dream Come True" 83 singles only
1974 "You're Just Gettin' Better" 92
1992 "Burning Bridges" (with Carroll Baker) 55

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Biography by Bill Dahl". Allmusic.com. http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:difuxqr5ldke~T1. Retrieved 12 April 2009. 
  2. ^ Dave Marsh - author of Born to Run and co-editor of The Rolling Stone Record Guide - 1990
  3. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 107. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
  4. ^ a b c Jack Scott Music
  5. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 128. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
  6. ^ Billboard Magazine
  7. ^ Bruce Eder All Music Guide to Rock 3rd Edition 2003

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