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Bull Moose Jackson's hit records in the 40's and ‘50’s were such lively, good-natured, toe-tappin' tunes that today, over 60 years later, they still draw new fans to the field of Rhythm & Blues. An originator of the Honkers and Shouters era, he was lucky enough to have benefited from a triumphant comeback in his career and enjoy first hand the effect of his music on a new generation of aficionados.

Born in Cleveland in 1919, Benjamin Clarence Jackson took up the saxophone instead of the violin that his parents wanted him to play. He started his first band, The Harlem Hotshots, while he was still in high school, with his friend Freddie Webster. Returning to Cleveland in 1943 after a brief stint in Buffalo, Jackson caught the eye of bandleader Lucky Millinder. It was the musicians in Millinder's band that gave him the unforgettable name “Bull Moose.” One night while on tour in Texas, the scheduled singer Wynonie Harris didn't show up to sing. Jackson was pulled out of the sax section to croon the song “Hurry, Hurry,” and a new career was born.

Syd Nathan had an interest in the Lucky Millinder Orchestra. Nathan was interested in expanding his small country & western label, King Records, and the newly developing form of music called Rhythm & Blues intrigued him. Millinder, already signed to Decca Records, encouraged his sax player/vocalist to record for Nathan. Bull Moose Jackson never looked back.

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February 28, 2020

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