Jackie Ross (b. January 30, 1946) is an R&B/soul/pop singer often compared stylistically to Mary Wells who became famous during the early-mid 1960s. She is best remembered for the soul classic, "Selfish One," featuring a horn riff in both the introduction and bridge that quotes the traditional pop standard, "Tenderly."
Born Jaculyn Bless Ross in St. Louis, Missouri, she sang as a child on a gospel radio show hosted by her parents who were both preachers. After her father died in 1954, the family moved to Chicago where she met Sam Cooke who later signed her to his label, SAR Records. She released her first single in 1962, "Hard Times," and sang in Syl Johnson's band before signing with Chess in 1964.
Ross made her national debut in 1964 with "Selfish One" which reached #11 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B charts. This smash was followed on both charts by "I've Got The Skill" (1964) and "Jerk And Twine" (1965). Ross also had two minor hits with "Haste Makes Waste" (1964) and the Trade Martin-penned "Take Me For A Little While" (1965).
Ross is among a number of performing artists from around the mid 1960s who have, over the years, amassed a large following in England and elsewhere among fans of Northern Soul music. She is featured in the documentary, "The Strange World Of Northern Soul," filmed by English songwriter, producer, DJ, and longtime record collector, Ian Levine.
- This page by soulbot.com dedicated to Jackie Ross provides more info on her career, recordings, and popularity in the UK.
- Kieron Tyler reviews the album, "Jackie Ross: Jerk & Twine, The Complete Chess Recordings."
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Jackie Ross performs "Selfish One" (2008).
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- Selfish One 1964
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