Eddie Jackson was, like too many of his colleagues, one of those fine country/rockabilly musicians who put in his time in the trenches, without a lot of reward beyond the performing itself. Born in Tennessee in 1926, he was a contemporary of Bill Haley and an older contemporary of Elvis Presley. He began playing country music in his teens and moved into Western swing. For the next 50 years, he and his band, the Swingsters (sometimes credited as Eddie Jackson's Swingsters), in various incarnations -- with Jackson on some vocals and Jimmy Franklin on others (especially the ballads) -- pretty much stuck with that music. The exceptions were a few forays into the burgeoning field of rock & roll, most notably with his 1956-vintage single "Rock and Roll Baby" b/w "You Are the One," on the Fortune label, and "Baby Doll" b/w "Please Don't Cry," done a bit later for the Shelby Records label. Neither made an impact commercially, although they're considered noteworthy today by rock & roll and country historians. In 1963, he made one more try at recording success with "Blues I Can't Hide" b/w "I'm Learning" for Caravan Records. He later formed a musical partnership with guitarist Marv Weyer that lasted from the 1980s until Jackson's death in 2002, at the age of 75, from respiratory failure.
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