Joe Jackson

Musician and Singer-songwriter
Born Aug 11, 1954

Joe Jackson is an English musician and singer-songwriter now living in Berlin, whose five Grammy Award nominations span from 1979 to 2001. He is probably best known for the 1979 hit song and first single "Is She Really Going Out with Him?", which still gets extensive FM radio airplay; for his 1982 hit, "Steppin' Out"; and for his 1984 success with "You Can't Get What You Want (Till You Know What You Want)".… Read More

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1954 Birth Born on August 11, 1954.


1976 21 Years Old Jackson's first band, formed in Gosport, was called Edward Bear, later renamed Edwin Bear and then Arms and Legs, but the band broke up in 1976 after two unsuccessful singles. … Read More
1978 23 Years Old In 1978 a record producer heard his demo tape, and got him signed to A&M Records. … Read More
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He subsequently relocated from England to New York and then to Berlin. He recorded 19 studio albums and garnered 5 Grammy Award nominations in a career extending from 1979 to today. … Read More
1981 26 Years Old In 1981, Jackson produced an album for the British power pop group The Keys. … Read More
1982 27 Years Old Jackson's 1982 album Night and Day was his only studio album to reach either the UK or US Top 10, peaking at No. 3 (UK) and at No. 4 (US). … Read More
1984 29 Years Old By 1984, New York had become Jackson's home base, and he recorded Body and Soul there; an album he later said was "from the point of view of a relative newcomer". … Read More


1985 30 Years Old In 1985 Jackson played piano on Joan Armatrading's 1985 album Secret Secrets, and in 1986 he collaborated with Suzanne Vega on the single "Left of Center" from Pretty in Pinks soundtrack. … Read More


1995 40 Years Old In 1995, Jackson contributed his version of "Statue of Liberty" on a tribute album for the English band XTC called A Testimonial Dinner: The Songs of XTC.
1997 42 Years Old In the late 1990s Jackson expanded into classical music; he signed with Sony Classical in 1997 and released Symphony No. 1 in 1999, for which he received a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Album in 2001.
2003 48 Years Old In 2003, he reunited his original quartet for the album Volume 4, and a lengthy tour.
2004 49 Years Old In 2004, he contributed a cover of Pulp's "Common People" with William Shatner for Shatner's album Has Been.


2005 50 Years Old In 2005 he teamed up with Todd Rundgren and the string quartet ETHEL for a tour of the US & Europe.
2006 51 Years Old A dedicated smoker, he gave up his New York apartment in 2006 partly in protest over the ascendancy of smoking bans, and made the Berlin neighborhood Kreuzberg his new home. … Read More
2013 58 Years Old The album enjoyed wide critical success: in 2013 Rolling Stone magazine named Look Sharp! number 98 in a list of the 100 best debut albums of all time. … Read More


2015 60 Years Old In 2015, Jackson announced the completion on his follow-up to 2012's The Duke via his official website. … Read More
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