Tuesday, April 5, 2011
JACKIE ROSS - KEEP YOUR CHIN UP
When it comes to soul records & I, it always comes back to Chicago. Perhaps it's all the years I spent living just outside of Chicago that keeps the music so close to my heart, but I also think that (along with Detroit and Memphis) there waqs SOMETHING in the air during the 60's that resulted in the greatest music ever produced in the United States, and thankfully there is SO MUCH of it to share and enjoy.
Jackie Ross' story is so similar to so many other soul heroes. Born in St Louis, she began singing in church at a young age and became a local radio star (her parents had a radio show). After her father passed away in 1954, the family moved to Chicago where young Jackie (born in 1946) began her recording career in 1962 and also became part of Syl Johnson's soul revue.
Today's entry is an absolutely beautiful track written by the legendary Gerald Sims. I could listen to this song over and over again all day and not grow tired of the song, the performance and THE MESSAGE.
One of my favorite aspects of Chicago soul is the upbeat, positive message; I think of this music as being the soundtrack of the civil rights movement. Continuing in the folk tradition and reporting that equality for ALL was the right way and ONLY way to live.