THE JACKIE DESHANNON VIDEO JUKEBOX
September 13, 2011
“I first met Jackie DeShannon back in 1964, when she was on tour with The Beatles. We had talked on the phone a few times after I cut a couple of her songs with Joey Powers (“Midnight Mary”) and we arranged to get together when she got to New York.
We hit it off immediately, with our mutual love of music, dancing and art museums. I was going to show her “My New York,” but she wound up showing me hers. That world included after hour jam sessions in Greenwich Village with Dave Van Ronk, John Hammond Jr. and Tom Paxton.
My first (and only) single for Liberty Records, “Where Does A Rock and Roll Singer Go (When His Record’s Off The Charts)?” had just bombed out and I was discouraged with the music business in the States. Jackie suggested that I go to London (where I had just scored a top ten hit with “Queen For Tonight” by Helen Shapiro) in November, 1964, when she would be there promoting her latest single. Once again I was swept away to her galaxy, becoming friends with one of her co-writers, Jimmy Page, watching her perform on “Ready, Steady, Go!!” and going on several stops of the Beatles promo tour for “Beatles For Sale.”
Jackie and I never dated, but we hung out a lot, until a misunderstanding (too petty to remember) threatened our relationship and we hadn’t spoken in a month. Then, the day after I had open heart surgery (back in N.Y.), she called me from a recording studio to see how I was. She had the engineer play the backing track she was working on….and sang “What The World Needs Now Is Love” to me over the phone. I can’t tell you how much that meant to me….but I actually made medical history by walking around 36 hours after my operation!”
WHEN I WANTED A PICTURE OF JACKIE TO USE IN MY FORTHCOMING BOOK, “I DID IT FOR A SONG”, I FOUND ONE THAT I TOOK OF HER AROUND THE SAME TIME “PUT A LITTLE LOVE IN YOUR HEART” WAS RELEASED. I ALSO DISCOVERED THAT IT WAS USED AS THE COVER OF A CD IN THE UK!
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