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