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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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Stations Featuring
Freddie Jackson

    R&B Smooth Jams

    R&B Smooth Jams
    3 songs

    Grown Folks Music

    Grown Folks Music
    3 songs

    Classic Soul

    Classic Soul
    1 song

    Love Songs

    Love Songs
    1 song

    R&B and Soul Mix

    2 songs

Albums by
Freddie Jackson

Top Songs by
Freddie Jackson

  1.   Song
  2.   You Are My Lady
  3.   Rock Me Tonight (For Old Times Sake)
  4.   Have You Ever Loved Somebody
  5.   Jam Tonight
  6.   Christmas Forever
  7.   Love Me Down
  8.   I Don't Wanna Go
  9.   Tasty Love
  10.   What Is It Good For?
  11.   All over You
  12.   Just Like the First Time
  13.   Main Course
  14.   You Are My Love
  15.   Superwoman (Where Were You When I Needed You) by Najee
  16.   How Can I
  17.   Transitions
  18.   Special Lady
  19.   Still Waiting
  20.   I Can't Let You Go
  21.   Me and Mrs. Jones
  22.   Nice 'N' Slow
  23.   I Could Use a Little Love (Right Now)
  24.   I Don't Want to Lose Your Love
  25.   Do Me Again
  26.   Incognito
  27.   Can't Get My Flow
  28.   One in a Million
  29.   Somebody Said
  30.   Don't Let Love Slip Away
  31.   Look Around
  32.   Good Morning Heartache
  33.   Calling
  34.   I Wanna Say I Love You
  35.   Live My Life Without You
  36.   Hey Lover
  37.   For You I Will (Dollie's Song)
  38.   After All This Time
  39.   A Dozen Roses
  40.   Back Together Again by Meli'sa Morgan
  41.   Tell Me About It
  42.   Superman
  43.   More Than Friends
  44.   Do That to Me One More Time
  45.   I Wanna Know Your Name
  46.   I'll Be Around
  47.   I Wanna Get Next to You
  48.   Don't Know Why
  49.   I Go Crazy
  50.   Something You Got (I Always Come Back)
  51.   All She Really Wanted (One Night Stand)
  52.   It's Gonna Take a Long, Long Time
  53.   Yes, I Need You
  54.   If You Don't Know Me by Now
  55.   One Heart Too Many
  56.   It Takes Two
  57.   Crazy (For Me)
  58.   Mr. Magician by Mystic Merlin
  59.   At Christmas
  60.   Janay
  61.   Tonight, I Celebrate My Love featuring Peabo Bryson
  62.   I Can't Complain
  63.   Second Time for Love
  64.   He'll Never Love You (Like I Do)
  65.   All I'll Ever Ask
  66.   Can I Touch You
  67.   Love Is Just a Touch Away
  68.   A Little Bit More
  69.   Sing a Song of Love
  70.   Love & Satisfaction
  71.   What's on Your Mind
  72.   Slow Dance
  73.   Definition of Love by Sara Devine
  74.   Until the End of Time
  75.   Love Ballad
  76.   I Wanna Be Your Man
  77.   Tiptoe (My Bedroom)
  78.   Only Man in Heaven
  79.   Do You Wanna
  80.   You and I Got a Thang
  81.   Duck Fever
  82.   Rumors
  83.   Any Way You Want It
  84.   A Little Taste
  85.   Hold on Me
  86.   Save the Best for Last
  87.   Say Yeah
  88.   Preach Brother
  89.   Egypt Land
  90.   Heaven
  91.   Sentimental Blues