R.I.P. Eddie Jackson

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R.I.P. Eddie Jackson
sent in by Kenny Bruce
taken from Detroit Free Press

Eddie Jackson, Detroit's "Golden Boy" of country music from 1940's - 1980's, passed away in the early afternoon Monday, January 14. Eddie was a good friend and I can't tell you how much he's gonna to be missed. Always jovial, smiling, and quick witted, he was a joy to play with and I'm proud to be on his last few recordings. He taught Bones and I much about playing, performing, and being a gentleman. Among Eddie's hit songs were ROCK n' ROLL BABY, BABY DOLL, I'M LEARNING, and YOU PUT IT THERE which was covered by Marti Brom on her Snake Ranch CD. Brian McCollum of the Detroit Free Press was kind enough to include a piece in today's obits, which is below. I'm a better person having been associated with Eddie. Thank you, Eddie Jackson, for leaving the world so much better than you found it.

May your soul rest in peace.

Kenny Bruce

Eddie Jackson
Country Music Star

When Detroit was still packed with fresh Southern transplants half a century ago, the local country music scene was thriving. And Eddie Jackson was right on top.
Mr. Jackson, who delighted decades of audiences with his blend of Western swing and rockabilly, died Monday in Warren of Complications from pneumonia. He was 75.
Born in Cookesville, Tenn., James Edward Jackson moved with his family to Detroit as a child. He learned to play guitar in his teens and backed up such groups as Evelyn Hare's Swingtime Cowgirls and Paul Perry's Ramblers.
After a stint in the Navy during World War II, Mr. Jackson returned home to forge a music career. With his ensemble, the Swingsters, he became a regular at such Detroit venues as the Deauville Bar and Caravan Gardens, where he performed through the 1970's. Big-time guests often stopped in to join him on stage, including Lefty Frizell, Webb Pierce and Red Foley.
Mr. Jackson was also a member of the house band on the "Michigan Barn Dance" program, a 1950's TV variety show.
"He opened up a whole new world for me. Whenever I pick up the guitar I'm playing exactly like he taught me to play", said Maki, 31.
Mr. Jackson was a full time musician who supplemented his income with investments in the auto parts business. He moved to Warren in the mid-1970's.
He is survived by his wife, Edith Jackson; a son, William Jackson; a daughter, Vicki Cartwright; a brother, and six grandchildren. Funeral services were held Wednesday at Rudy's Funeral Home in Center Line.

Brian McCollum

 

 

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