#1072: I Dig Girls by J.J. Jackson
In 1941, J.J. Jackson was born in the Gilette, Arkansas, 30 miles west of the Mississippi border. In 1957 he had his first song recorded by Billy Williams called “The Lord Will Understand (And Say Well Done)” as one of three tracks on an Extended Play supporting Williams hit single “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself A Letter“. Jackson wrote songs recorded by the Flamingos, the Shangri-las, Barbara Lewis, Eddie Floyd, In 1966, Jackson wrote a hit single in the UK for the British group in the Pretty Things called “Come See Me“. He had a huge hit in Vancouver in 1966 called “But It’s Alright” which peaked at #3, far exceeding it’s chart performance in the USA at #22. The single was recorded in the United Kingdom, featuring some of Britain’s top jazz musicians of the day, including Terry Smith on guitar, Dick Morrissey on tenor sax and John Marshall on drums, and who would later make up his backing band for the following two albums (one of which was also titled But It’s Alright). In 1969, Warner Bros. Records re-released “But It’s Alright” as a single after he signed with them. The single peaked at #45 on Billboard when it re-entered the chart in 1969.