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Passings: George Jackson, R&B Songwriter (1936 - 2013)

Songwriter George Jackson, whose wrote such songs as Bob Seger's Old Time Rock and Roll and the Osmond's One Bad Apple, died on Sunday at his home in Ridgeland, MS after battling cancer. He was 68.

Jackson was born in Greenville, MS and started his professional career as a recording artist for the Prann label, owned by Ike Turner, in 1963.  While traveling to Memphis to try to get a contract with Stax Records, he met Louis Williams and the two started the group the Ovations.

The Ovations signed with Goldwax Records and their single, It's Wonderful to Be in Love, went to 22 on the R&B and 61 on the Pop charts in 1965. Two years later, they charted again with Me and My Imagination (#40 R&B).

After the breakup of the group, Jackson tried again for a solo career with Hi Records and, later, Decca, as Bart Jackson, but ended up going to work as a staff songwriter at Fame Records in Muscle Shoals at the suggestion of friend Billy Sherrill.

At Fame, he wrote his first major hit with Clarence Carter's Too Week to Fight along with songs for the likes of Wilson Pickett and Candi Staton. In 1971, the Osmonds came to record at the studio and picked up the Jackson composition, One Bad Apple, their first major hit and a number 1 pop record.

Jackson continued to record throughout this time but didn't score any hits. Two of his songs were recorded by Bob Seger, the now iconic Old Time Rock and Roll and Trying to Live My Life Without You.

In the mid-80's, Jackson moved to Malaco Records where he wrote for artists like Johnnie Taylor, ZZ Hill, Lattimore, and Denise LaSalle.

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