I remember years ago I was scheduled to play for this event in Delaware simply entitled “An evening with Dionne Warwick and Friends.” This was a show where I had to play for Ms. Warwick, of course, but also some other notables like Norman Connors, Jean Carne, the O’Jays, Glen Jones and Isaac Hayes, to name a few. These people were all friends of Dionne, but weeks before this event was scheduled to take place Isaac Hayes unfortunately “passed away.” I remember meeting Isaac years before and doing a tribute to him and this time I was really looking forward to actually playing his music with him. Unfortunately it was not to be. So, the promoter of the event had to find yet “another” friend of Dionne’s to fill up that slot, and so the call was placed out to “Freddie Jackson.” I must admit that even though he had some really nice hits (“You are my lady, Jam tonight”) I was never really a big fan of his. That was about to change. Upon meeting him in person it was obviously that he was not one of those rugged men types. No, his persona was much more uh, “non-manly,” in nature, but needless to say, it was a great honor to have the opportunity to perform onstage with him. I almost didn’t recognize him at all, because in all the previous pictures I had seen of him he appeared to be “a little chunky” in weight. He explained that at this juncture of his career he was proud to have “shed” 107 pounds of weight. As for his singing ability, he made a very quick impression “fast” on me. He was “great.” When it came time to perform the actual show he was even “greater.” We had an awesome time “kicking his show out onstage” and his performance might arguably have been the “best part of the entire concert.” When we performed his up tempo classic “Jam Tonight” people rushed the stage and Freddie was loving “all of it.” He literally “tore the house down.” Since then I have not had the pleasure to perform with him again, but that one time was surely “good enough for me.” I hope you don’t mind me sharing my experience with you today. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer. Please make the most of it.
Freddie Jackson and Brett Jolly in concert