Joe Jackson
English musician and singer-songwriter
Joe Jackson
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)".
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Was Stanford sex assault case sentence legal?
CNN - 9 months
CNN legal analysts Danny Cevallos and Joey Jackson discuss the six month sentence handed out by a court to Brock Turner who was found guilty of sexually assaulting a woman on the Stanford University campus. Sponsored: Drivers Will Be Furious When This Finally Happens If you drive less than 50 miles a day, this new rule will shock you.
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Don't Say Michael Jackson. "Don't Say You Love Me" is B. Howard's Hit
Huffington Post - about 1 year
It says enough that Beverly Hills pop artist Brandon "B." Howard has just released a single that's in the top 20 on Billboard magazine's dance song chart. But his history with the legendary Jackson family is too intriguing to leave it there. A speaking voice genuinely like Michael's invokes an eerie specter when trying to extract basic information, like how old he is. His whispery answer: "Timeless." So, looking for clues.... On December 13, the day after his release party for "Don't Say You Love Me" (DSYLM) at Berlin's hot Felix ClubRestaurant, B. Howard was agog over the presence of Hollywood types at his celebration. "It was freaking awesome. People from James Bond were there and all," he shared breathlessly. "I had a rocking release party last night." Along with his uncorrupted face and pubescent tenor, that kind of zeal over starry peripherals would put him at around 19. But it turns out he's been working as a record producer since 2003. A teenager he is not. More import ...
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David, Johnny, Joe, Brian and Bjork
Huffington Post - over 1 year
What inspires us? "Is there anybody going to listen to my story?" sang Joe Jackson when he visited Chicago this past month. An extraordinary composer and connoisseur of popular music, Mr. Jackson sat at the piano covering John Lennon's Girl, reminding us what every artist faces: will anyone hear them? Singing the song with a solo stride piano accompaniment, Mr. Jackson's rendition of that first line was a reminder that a great opening song lyric feels eternal. The melody can be song by anyone always. Bjork's melodies cannot easily be sung by anyone else, as I was reminded last spring when I saw her exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. In the exhibition she offers her lyric notebooks, but nothing about these spare, handwritten words prepares one for Bjork's melodies. The words don't seem to have poetic potential until Bjork sets them aflame in Hyperballad: "I'm back at my cliff/still throwing things off/I listen to the sounds they make/on their way down/I follow with my e ...
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Renee Fleming on Life as a Cross-Over Opera Diva
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Famed opera singer Renee Fleming joined me on my most recent podcast of The Dinner Party on WGN Radio's WGN Plus. In a funny, natural and easy-going interview, Renee talks about fitting her enormous gowns on a plane, her love of Jazz, being an ambassador for music, and her upcoming performances in the Lyric Opera's A Merry Widow. Over some incredible Thanksgiving dishes like Turkey Schnitzel with Brussels Sprouts in a Mustard Lime Butter and Roasted Cauliflower with Romesco Sauce from Chef Tim Graham of the Langham Hotel's Travelle Restaurant, Renee and I dish on life as a cross-over opera diva. I hope you enjoy this warm-hearted podcast with opera great, Renee Fleming. For more information on Renee's incredible career, underneath the podcast is a small sampling of just some of Renee's outstanding accomplishments. Renee Fleming is an American opera singer and soprano whose repertoire encompasses Strauss, Mozart, Handel, Verdi, Puccini, Dvorak, Wagner, Bellini, French op ...
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Joe Jackson is 'delighted' when even one person buys a ticket to see him
Chicago Times - over 1 year
Making a series of short albums based on Berlin, Amsterdam, New Orleans and New York seemed like a good idea at the time. But Joe Jackson, the British singer, songwriter and pianist behind immortal new-wave hits such as "Is She Really Going Out With Him?" and "Sunday Papers," regretted it instantly....
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Detroit Band JR JR Come With a Slightly Changed Up Name But Continue to Progress With New Album
The Huffington Post - over 1 year
(Photo Credit: Travis Shinn) When we first saw the band Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., they had that crazy name and wore Nascar jumpsuits on stage, but they made some damn good music. It was through that music that the duo of Joshua Epstein and Daniel Zott were able to shine through and let the art speak for itself. Now that they have ditched the Nascar suits for a slicker, cleaner look and have shortened the band name to JR JR, they have naturally progressed in a way in which the music still stays true and is the center of their being. Recently, I was able to chat with Joshua Epstein and Daniel Zott while on their current tour about the band's ascendance over the years with their new self-titled album out now. Besides the name change, how do you think you have progressed on this album? Joshua Epstein: When we first started making music, we wanted to make ballad, popular music in the way we were into popular music like Paul Simon or Joe Jackson, stuff like that. I think we ...
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Neon Indian, Mercury Rev and More
Wall Street Journal - over 1 year
Neon Indian at Webster Hall, Joe Jackson at Town Hall, the Sundara All-Star Band and more in this week’s Pop Scene.
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Unborn baby dies in car crash
CNN - almost 2 years
An Albuquerque couple is seeking justice after drunk driver causes a woman to lose her child. Joey Jackson analyzes the legal situation for us.
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Shoeless Joe Jackson signed photo for sale, could be one-of-a-kind
CBS News - about 2 years
Infamous ballplayer was illiterate and rarely signed anything, making his autographs among the rarest in sports
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Honoring Rachel Robinson, Baseball Pioneer and Civil Rights Activist
Huffington Post - over 2 years
On Sunday, Rachel Robinson was inducted into the Baseball Reliquary's Shrine of the Eternals, along with Dizzy Dean and Don Zimmer. Jim Bouton, former major league pitcher and author of the iconoclastic book Ball Four, has called the Reliquary a "people's Hall of Fame." It celebrates baseball's rebels and renegades. I had the privilege to introduce the induction of Mrs. Robinson at Sunday's ceremony at the Pasadena Public Library. Below is my introduction. It is my pleasure to introduce the induction of Rachel Robinson into the Shrine of the Eternals. It will be accepted by Delano Robinson, Rachel's sister-in-law and a long-time Pasadena resident. Rachel Robinson was voted into the Shrine the first time she was on the ballot - a rare feat. Her entry completes the cycle about baseball's battle against segregation. Jackie Robinson, Josh Gibson, and Lester Rodney (the sports editor of the Daily Worker who was an early champion of baseball's integration) have already been ele ...
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On the Town: k.d. lang Debuts in <em>After Midnight</em> on Broadway
Huffington Post - about 3 years
k.d. lang in 'After Midnight'. (Photo by Matthew Murphy) It was a suit and tie kind of night -- and not just for the soulful k.d. lang who made her Broadway debut as the new guest star in After Midnight. Before the curtain rose on lang on Tuesday, Ruben and Isabel Toledo, the latter of whom designed the show's vibrant costumes, hosted a VIP soirée at their atelier, or an artist's workshop for the non-French speakers, to celebrate the singer's opening night. The evening was the type of party Carrie Bradshaw would attend -- if Carrie Bradshaw went to theater premieres. Guests were greeted with a specialty cocktail so infused with cucumber that slices made their way in and around the drink's single ice cube. Waiters sported navy gingham shirts and bow ties and carried meticulously presented platters of appetizers like yellowtail ceviche, artichoke fondue, prosciutto BLTs, and lime-infused salmon. Toledo's costume sketches for the musical revue flooded the lower party room, which wa ...
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No. 24 Memphis Dominates Rutgers 101-69
NYTimes - about 3 years
Austin Nichols scored 18 points, and Joe Jackson added 16 points and eight assists as No. 24 Memphis jumped to an early lead before dominating Rutgers 101-69 on Tuesday night.     
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Goodwin Leads No. 23 Memphis Past Houston, 82-59
NYTimes - about 3 years
Shaq Goodwin had 20 points, Joe Jackson added 18 points and seven assists, and No. 23 Memphis jumped out to an early lead in an 82-59 victory over Houston on Thursday night.     
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Memphis cruises past Austin Peay
Fox News - over 3 years
Memphis, TN ( - Joe Jackson had 16 points, Michael Dixon Jr. scored 15 and No
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The Best Movies About Time Travel, and Why <i>About Time</i> Isn't One of Them
Huffington Post - over 3 years
I just popped in to an advance screening of Richard Curtis's upcoming time-travel rom-com, About Time and left over two hours later wishing I could go back in time to pick another film. For some reason, thinking about Mr. Curtis's work, including this latest effort, a whole bunch of words beginning with "c" come to mind: cute, corny, commercial, cliché, calculated, sometimes clever... but not often enough. Clearly About Time is calculated to appeal to young women in their 20s. I could tell because my screening was filled with such "tastemakers," who will be expected to venture forth and encourage their friends to see this tedious, saccharine outing. I even overheard one such lady pronounce the film "cute" as I was bolting for the exit and a well-earned martini. Bingo, I thought. The plot concerns Tim (Domhnall Gleeson), a pale, gangly, ginger-haired youth who, on turning 21, is informed by his dad (Bill Nighy) that all males in the family have the power to go back in time, as ...
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Conversations with William Shatner, Gary Burton, Dave Holland, Pink Martini and TuneCore, Plus Albert Hammond Jr. and Sandra Lilia Velasquez Exclusives
Huffington Post - over 3 years
A Conversation with William Shatner Mike Ragogna: William Shatner! May I call you Bill? William Shatner: Yeah, can I call you Mikey? MR: Uh... Bill! How are you doing, man? WS: I'm really good, thank you. Yourself? MR: Very well, thanks. So William Shatner's no stranger to making albums, but this album seems to be a very prog-rocky, introspective album. So, this was the musical backdrop that was able to bring out the introspection you needed within your lyrics. WS: Exactly, it's an extraordinary marriage between a music prodigy, Billy Sherwood and myself, who has been struggling to write something usable all my life. MR: What began the process? WS: The label, Cleopatra, for whom I did a previous album called Seeking Major Tom, asked me to do another album and I'm in love with making music like my puppies are in love with pillows, which they tear up. I just tear things up musically and wonder what I've done. I jumped at the chance to make another album and when he asked me what ...
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Don McNay: The Hypocrisy of Bud Selig
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
There was talk that Alex Rodriquez would get a "lifetime ban" from the game of baseball for taking performance-enhancing drugs. It was never going to happen. Bud Selig, a nerdy looking guy who has never played any sport at any level, was supposed to be showing off his "tough guy" credentials and kick A-Rod out for good. A-Rod played it smart. He knew Selig would fold and put on the table an obvious motivation: the Yankees want to dumps millions in future salary for a guy who is near the end of his career. A-Rod's not a particularly likeable guy and after spending most of his career off the beaten path, in places like Seattle and Texas, he was not cut out for the nonstop limelight of being a New York Yankee. He made it to one World Series, but usually chokes in the playoffs. Since the Yankees booked their World Series tickets a year in advance when Joe Torre was the manager, making one trip to the fall classic was a disappointment for Yankee fans. A-Rod is not l ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Joe Jackson
  • 2015
    Age 60
    In 2015, Jackson announced the completion on his follow-up to 2012's The Duke via his official website.
    More Details Hide Details The album's title, Fast Forward, and tracklist were confirmed in addition to North American tour dates. The titular first single was released for streaming via his official Soundcloud page. The entire record was briefly posted before being taken down a day later. Jackson was married to his wife, Ruth, for two years, but the marriage ended in divorce and was later called a "disaster" by Jackson. Jackson has actively campaigned against smoking bans in both the United States and the United Kingdom, publishing a 2005 pamphlet (The Smoking Issue) and a 2007 essay (Smoke, Lies and the Nanny State), and recording a satirical song ("In 20-0-3") on the subject. Jackson wrote an autobiography called A Cure For Gravity, published in 1999, which he described as a "book about music, thinly disguised as a memoir". It traces his working-class upbringing in Portsmouth and charts his musical life from childhood until his twenty-fourth birthday. Life as a pop star, he insisted, was hardly worth writing about.
  • 2013
    Age 58
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Some commercial success also followed, as the debut single "Is She Really Going Out with Him? " reached the top 40 in 5 countries, and no. 9 in Canada.
  • 2006
    Age 51
    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.
    More Details Hide Details It was there that he recorded, with longtime collaborators Graham Maby and Dave Houghton, his eighteenth studio album, Rain (Rykodisc, January 2008); the album was followed by a five-month tour.
  • 2005
    Age 50
    In 2005 he teamed up with Todd Rundgren and the string quartet ETHEL for a tour of the US & Europe.
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  • 2004
    Age 49
    In 2004, he contributed a cover of Pulp's "Common People" with William Shatner for Shatner's album Has Been.
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  • 2003
    Age 48
    In 2003, he reunited his original quartet for the album Volume 4, and a lengthy tour.
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  • 1997
    Age 42
    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.
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  • 1995
    Age 40
    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.
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  • 1985
    Age 30
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Jackson's next album was Big World, with all-new songs recorded live in front of an audience instructed to remain silent while music was playing. Released in 1986, it was a three-sided double record; the fourth side consisted of a single centering groove and a label stating "there is no music on this side". The instrumental album Will Power (1987), with heavy classical and jazz influences, set the stage for things to come later, but before he left pop behind, he put out two more albums, Blaze of Glory (which he performed in its entirety during the subsequent tour) and Laughter & Lust.
  • 1984
    Age 29
    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".
    More Details Hide Details Heavily influenced by pop and jazz standards and salsa, it had the US No. 15 hit single "You Can't Get What You Want (Till You Know What You Want)".
  • 1982
    Age 27
    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).
    More Details Hide Details Two singles released from the album, "Steppin' Out" and "Breaking Us in Two", were US top 20 hits. The tracks "Real Men" and "A Slow Song" referred obliquely to New York City's early 1980s gay culture. "Real Men" also became a top 10 hit in Australia.
  • 1981
    Age 26
    In 1981, Jackson produced an album for the British power pop group The Keys.
    More Details Hide Details The Keys Album was the group's only LP. The Joe Jackson Band toured extensively until it broke up. Jackson subsequently recorded an album of old-style swing and blues tunes, Jumpin' Jive, with songs by Cab Calloway, Lester Young, Glenn Miller, and Louis Jordan. The album, and associated single release, was credited to the band Joe Jackson's Jumpin' Jive.
  • 1979
    Age 24
    The Joe Jackson Band released I'm the Man in 1979.
    More Details Hide Details The album followed a similar musical pattern, and received good, though not as strong, reviews. It did produce the single "It's Different for Girls", which became Jackson's highest charting UK single, peaking at no. 5. Beat Crazy followed in 1980. Jackson also collaborated with Lincoln Thompson in reggae crossover.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details After years of studying music and playing clubs, Jackson's first release, "Is She Really Going Out with Him? " became a hit in 1979. This was followed by a number of new wave singles before he moved to more jazz-inflected pop music and had a Top 10 hit in 1982 with "Steppin' Out". He has also composed classical music. Born in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, David Jackson spent his first year in nearby Swadlincote, Derbyshire. He grew up in the Paulsgrove area of Portsmouth, where he attended the City of Portsmouth Boys' School. Jackson's parents moved to nearby Gosport when he was a teenager. Jackson learned to play the violin but soon switched to piano and prevailed on his father to install one in the hall of their Paulsgrove council house. Jackson began playing piano in bars at the age of 16, and he also won a scholarship to study musical composition at London's Royal Academy of Music.
  • 1978
    Age 23
    In 1978 a record producer heard his demo tape, and got him signed to A&M Records.
    More Details Hide Details The next year the newly formed Joe Jackson Band released their debut album, Look Sharp! Its mix of energetic New Wave rock and bitter British punk was in a similar style to the music of Elvis Costello and Graham Parker.
  • 1976
    Age 21
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He was still known as David Jackson while in Arms and Legs, but around this time he picked up the nickname "Joe", based on his perceived resemblance to the puppet character Joe Piano, who was Snoopy in Joe Cool guise playing piano. Jackson then spent some time performing on the cabaret circuit to make money to record a demo.
  • 1954
    Born on August 11, 1954.
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