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BIOGRAPHY

Al Jackson Jr.

Al Jackson, born November 27, 1935 in Memphis, TN, was an American drummer, producer, and songwriter, best known as "The Human Timekeeper" and a founding member of Booker T. & the M.G.'s — a group made up of session musicians who worked for Stax Records and produced their own instrumentals. Jackson was with Booker T. & the M.G.'s from 1962 to 1971, then 1973 until his death in 1975.

Jackson started playing the drums at a very early age — performing on stage with his father's jazz/swing dance band by the time he was five years old.

Throughout his career, Jackson performed and/or recorded with the likes of blues guitarist Albert King, Carla Thomas, Eddie Floyd, Rufus Thomas, Sam & Dave, Ann Peebles, Bill Withers, Donny Hathaway, Eric Clapton, Jean Knight, Jerry Lee Lewis, Herbie Mann, Leon Russell, Major Lance, Shirley Brown, and Tina Turner.

Booker T and the MG's had quite a few hit singles including "Green Onions" (1962) and "Time Is Tight" (1969). Jackson also co-wrote and played drums on several Al Green hit recordings including "Let's Stay Together" and "I'm Still in Love with You".

Al Jackson Jr. died on October 1, 1975 after being shot shot dead by burglars at his home; he was 39 years old.

Jackson was inducted posthumous into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame in 2015.


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