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