Jackie Ross

Selfish One

Composed by Carl Smith / William McKinley

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Jackie Ross' "The Selfish One" has a light, swinging, finger-snapping-inducing feel that characterizes such early Motown sides as Mary Wells' "My Guy." The St. Louis native began singing as a tot on her parents' gospel radio program. After her father died in 1954, at age eight Ross and her mother moved to Chicago. Sam Cooke was a friend of her mother and recorded a single, "Hard Times," on his SAR label. Ross sang gospel around Chicago while entering talent contests. While singing with Syl Johnson's band, she was discovered by WVON radio DJ Bill "Doc" Lee. WVON was owned by Leonard Chess of Chess Records. Lee introduced Ross to Chess, who teamed the singer with two songwriters, Carl Smith and Wilfred McKinley. "The Selfish One" went to number 11 R&B in the summer of 1964 while receiving some airplay on pop stations. Its follow-ups included a cover of the Evie Sands hit "Take Me for a Little While" and "We Can Do It." Ross exited Chess due to a royalties dispute. She recorded other sides for Brunswick, Mercury, and Jerry Butler's Fountain Productions label among others. The singer included "The Selfish One" on her 1997 album, Feel the Emotions.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1964 MCA
No Image 1988
Various Artists
Rhino
No Image 1990
Various Artists
MCA
No Image 1990
Various Artists
MCA
Rhythm & Blues: 1964 1991
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
Chicago Radio Soul 1996
Various Artists
Kent 3:14
Beg Scream & Shout: The Big Ol' Box of '60s Soul 1997
Various Artists
Rhino 3:20
Chess Soul: A Decade of Chicago's Finest 1997
Various Artists
Chess / MCA / Universal 3:20
Blues Brother Soul Sister [Time Music] 1997
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
R&B's Lost & Found 1998
Various Artists
Thump Records 3:15
East Side Story, Vol. 10 1998
Various Artists
East Side Records 3:15
East Side Story, Vol. 1-12 2002
Various Artists
East Side Records 3:15
Northern Soul [2005] 2005
Various Artists
Pegasus (Pinnacle)
Chess Pieces: The Very Best of Chess Records 2005
Various Artists
Universal International 3:19
The Chess Story 2006
Various Artists
Island
Soulvation: The Best of Northern Soul 2007
Various Artists
Audiovisual
Chess Chartbusters, Vol. 2 2008
Various Artists
Spectrum Music / Universal / Universal Distribution 3:17
A Complete Introduction to Chess 2010
Various Artists
Universal Distribution / Universal Music Group International 3:18
Mad Men: A Musical Companion (1960-1965) 2011
Various Artists
Hip-O / Universal 3:17
Mad Daddy's Maddest Spins - Rotatin', Motivatin' and Stimulatin' Rockin' and Reelin' and Hangin' from the Ceiling: Vintage Late '50s Rock and Swing 2012
Various Artists
Cleopatra / Righteous 1:58
Jerk & Twine: The Complete Chess Recordings 2012 Kent 3:19
The  Great Years of Rock 'N' Roll
Various Artists
Broken Audio 1:57
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