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Joe Jackson (musician)
Joe Jackson (born August 11 1954 in Burton-upon-Trent) is a British musician. He started off learning to play the violin but soon switched to piano. From the age of 16 he played in bars, and won a scholarship to study musical composition at London's Royal Academy of Music.
He did not like the prospect of being a serious composer, and moved towards pop and rock. His first band was Arms and Legs which collapsed after two unsuccessful singles. He then spent some time in the cabaret circuit to make money to record his own demos. In 1978 a producer heard his tape, and got him signed to A&M Records. The album Look Sharp! was recorded straight away, and was released in 1979, quickly followed by I'm the Man and Beat Crazy in 1980. He also collaborated with Prince Lincoln Thompson in reggae crossover. The Joe Jackson band was very successful and toured extensively. After the breakup of the band, Joe took a break and recorded an album of old-style swing and blues tunes, Jumpin' Jive, featuring songs of Cab Calloway, Lester Young, Glenn Miller, and most prominently, Louis Jordan. He went on to record Night and Day, an album that paid tribute to the wit and style of Cole Porter (and less directly, to New York City) and was his last album to hit the Top 10, peaking at #4. He recorded another record that was heavily influenced by jazz, pop standards, and salsa, Body and Soul, which hit #20, containing the hit You can't get what you want ('til you know what you want).
He followed with Big World, a three-sided double record (the fourth side consisted of a single centring groove and a label stating "there is no music on this side". The instrumental Will Power set the stage for things to come later, but before he left pop behind he put out two more cerebral and celebratory albums, Blaze of Glory and Laughter and Lust.
Jackson is most commonly known for the 1982 hit song "Steppin' Out", which still gets extensive FM radio airplay.
- Look Sharp! (1979, A&M)
- I'm the Man (1979, A&M)
- Beat Crazy (1980, A&M)
- Jumpin' Jive (1981, A&M)
- Night and Day (1982, A&M)
- Mike's Murder (1983, A&M)
- Body & Soul (1984, A&M)
- Big World (1986, A&M)
- Will Power (1987, A&M)
- Live 1980/86 (1987, A&M)
- Tucker (1988, A&M)
- Blaze of Glory (1989, A&M)
- Laughter & Lust (1991, Virgin)
- Night Music (1994, Virgin)
- Heaven & Hell (1997, Sony)
- Symphony No. 1 (1999, Sony)
- (2000, Sony)
- Night and Day II (2000, Sony)
- The Best of Joe Jackson (2001, Universal)
- Two Rainy Nights (2002, Ryko)
- Volume 4 (2003, Ryko)
- Afterlife (2004, Ryko)
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