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Freddie Jackson

To urban contemporary listeners, Freddie Jackson was one of the biggest stars of the latter half of the '80s, dominating the R&B charts seemingly at will. Jackson's forte was sophisticated, romantic soul ballads aimed at adult audiences, but he was also capable of tackling urban contemporary dance fare and even the occasional jazz tune. Yet unlike many of his peers -- Luther Vandross, Anita Baker, Peabo Bryson, etc. -- Jackson never managed to cross over to the pop charts, where none of his R&B smashes even breached the Top Ten. As new trends like hip-hop altered the urban contemporary landscape, Jackson gradually faded from view during the '90s.

Jackson was born October 2, 1956, in Harlem, and like so many soul stars, he was trained as a gospel singer from an early age, singing at the White Rock Baptist Church. There he met Paul Laurence, who would later become his producer and songwriting partner. After completing school, Jackson joined Laurence's group LJE (Laurence-Jones Ensemble) and played the New York club scene. During the early '80s, Jackson moved to the West Coast and sang lead with the R&B band Mystic Merlin, but soon returned to New York to work with Laurence at the Hush Productions company. He sang on demo recordings of Laurence's compositions, and also served as a backup singer for Melba Moore after she caught his nightclub act.

In 1985, Jackson landed a record deal with Capitol and issued his debut album, Rock Me Tonight. The Laurence-penned title track stormed the R&B charts, spending a whopping six weeks at number one, and made Jackson an instant sensation on urban contemporary radio. "You Are My Lady" gave him a second straight R&B chart-topper, and also proved to be his highest-charting single on the pop side, peaking at number 13. With "He'll Never Love You (Like I Do)" and "Love Is Just a Touch Away" also hitting the R&B Top Ten, Rock Me Tonight topped the R&B album charts and went platinum. Jackson wasted no time issuing a follow-up set; Just Like the First Time appeared in 1986 on the heels of a number one R&B duet with Melba Moore, "A Little Bit More" (from her album A Lot of Love). Another platinum-seller, Just Like the First Time continued Jackson's incredible dominance of the R&B singles charts; "Tasty Love," "Have You Ever Loved Somebody," and "Jam Tonight" all hit number one, while "I Don't Want to Lose Your Love" went to number two.

The pace of Jackson's success slowed to less superhuman levels with the 1988 release of Don't Let Love Slip Away, which nonetheless featured another R&B chart-topper in "Hey Lover," plus further hits in "Nice and Slow" and "Crazy (For Me)." The title track of 1990's Do Me Again duplicated that feat, and "Main Course" just missed, topping out at number two. Even so, Jackson's early placings in the lower reaches of the pop Top 40 had long since disappeared, and some critics charged that his albums were growing too similar to one another. Perhaps it was a lack of distinctiveness in his material that hurt Jackson's chances for a pop breakthrough; whatever the case, 1992's Time for Love failed to duplicate the crossover success Luther Vandross was belatedly enjoying, despite a hit cover of the soul classic "Me and Mrs. Jones."

Seeking a new beginning, Jackson parted ways with Capitol in late 1993, and signed with RCA. His label debut, Here It Is, appeared the following year, with diminished commercial returns -- in part because his straightforwardly romantic ballad style was increasingly out of step with the sexually explicit new breed of R&B crooner. Following a Christmas album, Jackson recorded Private Party (1995) for Scotti Brothers; its biggest single, "Rub Up Against You," reached the Top 25 of the R&B chart. From then on, Jackson recorded independent albums with a modest level of commercial success. These releases included Life After 30 (number 81 R&B, 1999), It's Your Move (number 45 R&B, 2004), the covers set Personal Reflections (did not chart, 2005), Transitions (number 26 R&B, 2006), and For You (2010). ~ Steve Huey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Diamond Collection

1. Transitions

2. Tiptoe (My Bedroom)

3. Can't Get My Flow

4. Nice & Slow

5. Have You Ever Loved Somebody

6. Tasty Love

7. Until The End Of Time

8. Something You Got (I Always Come Back)

9. More Than Friends

10. Hold On Me

11. You Are My Lady

12. Rock Me Tonight

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Track List: Don't Let Love Slip Away

1. Nice 'n' Slow

2. Hey Lover

3. Don't Let Love Slip Away

4. Crazy (For Me)

7. You And I Got A Thang

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Track List: Just Like The First Time

1. Tasty Love

2. Have You Ever Loved Somebody

3. Look Around

4. Jam Tonight

5. Just Like The First Time

6. I Can't Let You Go

7. I Don't Want To Lose Your Love

8. Janay

9. Still Waiting

10. You Are My Love

11. A Little Bit More

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Track List: Rock Me Tonight

1. He'll Never Love You (Like I Do)

2. Love Is Just A Touch Away

3. I Wanna Say I Love You

4. You Are My Lady

5. Rock Me Tonight

6. Sing A Song Of Love

7. Calling

8. Good Morning Heartache

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Track List: Do Me Again

2. Love Me Down

3. Main Course

4. It Takes Two

7. Do Me Again

9. Second Time For Love

11. All Over You

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Track List: I Don't Wanna Go (Radio Single)

1. I Don't Wanna Go

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All time favorite
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All of that!
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slow groove, love it
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Rock Me Tonight by Freddie Jackson....t h a t oldschool groove 1985 club days having fun Mr. K & I....such enjoyable fond memories.
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This was the jam back in the day....bring s back wonderful memories!
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YES, I STILL LOVE THIS SONG. I HAVE FOUND SOMEBODY THAT KNOW HOW TO LOVE. IN RETURN I GIVE MY ALL. WE SHOWED EACH OTHER HOW TO LOVE. IT IS SO WONDERFUL!
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Loved this back in the day. Mississippi I miss my home town.
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Brings back good feelings and great times!
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ginal3425
He had his time in the game "ON LOCK"
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The music I remember soothing and relaxing
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Love all this song
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lizabdiaz
Have you love somebody love this
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Love Have you ever loved somebody? Although, this is nice as well.
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prietoso1
So o oovoo talented,whe r e did he go??????
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I Love You Denio Hummes
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Like this song
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I love this song so much
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....and my Greatest Hits CD by Freddie Jackson...ke e p getting jacked!! I have bought at least two...lol
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Oh yeah I have known that FEELING‼️��l o v e you FREDDY��you are still my main man��
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You can Rock me anytime let me know when
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tonya_invest o r
Blessed
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Blessed
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Make me think about my first love (Stanley C.,)
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Hi Freddie
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GRown and SExy S**t
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Freddie Jackson is one of the best male vocalist...h a d many hits!
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Grown folks music right here
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Love it
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Rock me tonight for old time sake..
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One of the greatest love ballard singers of all time.
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Remembering when a special guy made me a tape of songs special for me and this was one of the songs. Wow takes me back. Here's to the memories.
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This is what you call good singing all the time
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Love me some Mr Freddie Jackson
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Luv this
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Every time I hear this golden voice I fall in love with him all over again!
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arlenemclaur i n 4
Love U...Mr. Freddie Jackson! ALWAYS!
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Still a beautiful song
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You Are My Lady......Mr . K would sing this to me and hold my hand during our time together when we dated in 1985-1988... . a l t h o u g h we didn't work out thoughts of Mr K always makes me smile.
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I DEDICATE THIS 2ALL DA REAL BEAUTIFUL SISTA'S OUT HERE!!!OHH I CAN SHO U HOW 2LOVE AGIN BABY OHHH GIRL!!!
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Love this song!:-):-). . .
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I LOVE THIS SONG!!!
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This will be my wedding song one day
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I luv this song!...
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Loved
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I grew up listening to this... I still love it until this day... Life is all about love! 80's baby
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I love this song
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denisecollie r 0 9
Some music you just don't get tired of.
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Freddie Jackson - Tasty Love...been rockin Palm Island, Australia since the 90's!
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I could use a little love all the time!!!
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