About Freddie Jackson
R&B singer Freddie Jackson became a stalwart of the genre in the late ’80s and early ’90s. From 1985 to 1992, he scored 19 Top 10 singles—including 10 No. 1 hits—on the R&B charts.
• The Harlem native got his start as a gospel singer in his youth. In the early ’80s he moved to the West Coast to become the lead vocalist of the funk band Mystic Merlin.
• After returning to New York and singing backups for Melba Moore, Jackson landed a deal with Capitol Records and released his first solo album, Rock Me Tonight, in 1985.
• Rock Me Tonight yielded two No. 1 singles on the R&B chart—the title track and “You Are My Lady”—and went platinum.
• His 1986 sophomore album, Just Like the First Time, kept up his winning streak, spawning three straight No. 1 R&B singles: “Tasty Love,” “Have You Ever Loved Somebody,” and “Jam Tonight.”
• Jackson’s 10th and final R&B chart-topper came with the title track of his 1990 album Do Me Again.
• As mainstream R&B took a more explicit turn in the ’90s, Jackson’s cleaner romantic style declined in popularity. But he’s continued releasing albums independently well into the 21st century.
HOMETOWNHarlem, New York, NY
BORNOctober 2, 1956