JACKSON

Latest update on 14/05/2013

Artist: Kingston Trio
Author: Billy Wheeler
Label: Capitol
Year: 1963

On album Sunny Side. Reverend Mr. Black was an earlier Billy Edd Wheeler song cut by the trio. Jackson was inspired by Edward Albee's play Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf, more precisely by the hostile dialogues between the male and female protagonists. Jerry Leiber helped re-shuffle the lyric lines, beginning with the ultimate: "We got married in a fever, hotter than a pepper sprout". One generation later, young Paddy McAloon confessed he always thought they sang "hotter than a prefab sprout", explaining the name of his band.

Covers:

1963:

Billy Edd Wheeler [author on his lp A New Bag Of Songs Written And Sung By Billy Edd Wheeler; second voice: Joan Sommer; produced by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller]

1967:

Johnny Cash & June Carter [C&W hit]

1967:

Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood [hit UK, US, B & NL]

1967:

Strangers [as Vier Getrouwde Binken]

1970:

Jerry Lee Lewis [with his sister Linda Gail]

2005:

Joaquin Phoenix & Reese Witherspoon [in Cash-Carter biopic Walk The Line]

2006:

Reagan Boggs & Scott Miller

2007:

Els Dottermans & Wim Opbrouck [as Menen]

2008:

An & Jan [as Gorkum]

2011:

Merle Haggard

2012:

Florence & The Machine [Unplugged]

2012:

Blasters [with Exene Cervenka]

Jackson is sometimes cocredited to Gaby Rogers, a nom de plume for Leiber & Stoller combined. The real Gaby was Jerry Leiber's wife. Billy Edd Wheeler also wrote Coward Of The County (hit for Kenny Rogers), while Elvis cut his Never Again and It's Midnight.

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