Download or Listen to JJ Jackson with the Greatest Little Soul Band in the World – Fat, Black, and Together from the Congress 45
Happy Monday! I hope everyone is doing great on the start of this work week. I wanna give a shout out to everyone who came out to see me spin on Saturday night at the Annex in Asbury Park. It turned into a proper Dance Party and we all had a good time. I’ve got good news as well: My old DJ partner, DJ Un-G will be in town in two weeks and is going to join me at the Annex to spin. Here’s the twist: 4 turntables, 2 DJ’s, no rehearsal. We’re going for broke from 9-1:30, which should be a lot of fun. I’m working on the flyer, and it’s going to be free, so if you’re in the area, by all means stop by and enjoy the music. This record fell into my hands after an all day long digging session with DJ Prime-Mundo in a private residence. That haul yielded a good many 45’s, this one included. Let’s jump into JJ Jackson with the Greatest Little Soul Band in the World and “Fat, Black, and Together” on Congress Records from 1969.
Jerome Louis Jackson, aka JJ Jackson was born in 1941 in the Bronx, New York. He originally started out writing songs for people like Jimmy McGriff, the Shangrila’s, and Jimmy Witherspoon among others (also the Pretty Things “Come See Me”). Not only was he a writer and composer, but JJ was quite the singer. A rival of Otis Redding, this 300 lb. belter had a hit in 1966 with “But It’s Alright”, which actually charted both in 1966 and 1969. Jackson has put out sides out on Loma, Perception, Calla, Altantic, MCA, and RCA. Jackson has had quite a career, on both sides of the music industry. It’s very clear that he knew how to work the industry, because if you check out his discography, he’s all over the place with writing and composing credits. Good for him. For me, I am a fan of the Calla side “I Dig Girls”, which I’ve played out and have included on past mixes.
“Fat, Black, and Together”, of course was arranged and sung by Jackson (who played piano and percussion as well), and featured Dick Morrissey on tenor sax, John Marshall on baritone sax, Roy Edwards and Stu Hamer on Trumpets, Terry Smith on Electric Guitar. The original Overweight Lover (before Heavy D) tells his story through this song. Jackson pleads his case is this slice of Soul. Apparently, this record was a bit more experimental than his straight ahead Soul stuff, check out the fuzzy guitars throughout. It’s definitely a monster of a song either way. This was a side I definitely recommend, and is not a hard side to come by. This particular 45 came in a Recordvelope from Ohoes, NY. It’s a thick, cardboard sleeve stamped “Recordvelope”, a first in that area for me. Seems like they would try anything, even stacking unsleeved records together in a plastic case, to make money on 45’s in the past. I hope this Soul explosion got your day started off right. See you midweek, Keep Diggin’!