b. Jack Lebsock, Sterling, Colorado, USA. Singing from an early age, Lebsock appeared on shows with top artists, including Johnny Cash. However, he found little success and turning to songwriting, becoming a staff writer for Dot Records during the 70s. He co-wrote ‘Bless Your Heart’ (with Freddie Hart) and wrote ‘Super Kind Of Woman’, both of which became number 1 country hits for Hart in 1972 and 1973, respectively. He also wrote ‘The First Time’, a number 2 for Hart in 1975. He made his own chart debut as a recording artist on Capitol Records in 1973 when, as Jack Lebsock, he had a minor hit with ‘For Lovers Only’. After a further minor hit the following year, he changed his name (in tribute to his mother); in 1979 and 1980, he recorded for Churchill and Hitbound, achieving four minor chart hits as Blackjack Jack Grayson. He next recorded for Koala (this time as Jack Grayson and Blackjack), gaining a Top 20 hit with his version of ‘When A Man Loves A Woman’ (a number 1 pop hit in 1966 for Percy Sledge). In the early 80s, he recorded for Joe-Wes and his last chart entry, ‘Lean On Me’ (another former pop number 1, recorded by Bill Withers in 1972), was on AMI in 1984.
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