An outrageous Rhythm & Blues singer, overlooked by the music historians, whose spectacular performances ripped up 60’s Toronto “the Good” a scene better known for Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Ian & Sylvia, Gordon Lightfoot, The pauypers, Steppenwolf, The Band (and yes) Rick “Super Freak” James and many others. This re-release of 9 soul shaking sizzlers finally shines the spotlight o Jackie’s notoriety and showmanship.
Originally a female impersonator, Jackie Shane, born & raised in Nashville, Tenn., toured the “Chitlin’ Circuit” opening for performers like Etta James. A chance encounter at Montreal’s Esquire Show Bar circa 1962 landed Jackie the lead vocalist spot with Washington, DC’s R’nB Jazz outfit Frank Motley & The Motley Crew. Motley & Crew had found the promised land in Toronto, Canada, and their new home base and they had now found a sensational front “man”.
Jackie Shame’s 1st recording of William Bell’s “Any Other Way” released regionally on Boston’s Cookin’ Label and nationally on the Sue label landed the #2 spot on Toronto’s mighty CHUM Radio Chart in the spring of 1963. It remained in the charts for 20 weeks! Jackie re-wrote his rendition to include the lyrics “Tell her that I’m happy, tell her that I’m gay/ Tell her that I wouldn’t have it any other way”. A re-release of the same song in 1967 charted for a second time! Jackie sings a heart wrenching rendition of “Any Other Way” as the closing song on this record.
By the fall of 1966 Jackie had given up Toronto from the sunny climes of Southern California, and was only lured back to the city that had so affectionately embraced him by an invitation from Motley to make a live record. They had had long residencies at the Saphire Club, just off Toronto’s notorious Young Street Strip. Assembled for these recordings were Motley, a couple of the old crew and supported by Motley’s new group The Hitchhikers.
Here then are the Dynamic Rock’n Soul songs recorded at Toronto’s Saphire Club available officially for the first time since the original 1967 release… completely restored and pressed on red wax!