Jack Scott Biography
Giovanni Domenico Scafone Jr., better known as Jack Scott, was a Canadian-American singer and songwriter. “Unquestionably the greatest Canadian rock and roll vocalist of all time,” was the description given to him when he was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2011.
On January 24, 1936, Scott was born in Windsor, Ontario, which is across the river from Detroit, Michigan. He spent his early years there. His family moved to the Detroit suburb of Hazel Park when he was ten years old. His mother, Laura, taught him how to play the guitar when he was growing up and exposed him to hillbilly music. He sought a singing career as a teen and made recordings under the name “Jack Scott.” He founded the Southern Drifters at the age of 18. He obtained a solo recording contract with ABC-Paramount Records in 1957 after three years as the band‘s leader.
He signed with the Carlton record label in 1958 and had a double-sided national hit with “Leroy” (#11) / “My True Love” (#3) after recording two well-selling local hits for ABC-Paramount in 1957. Scott received his first gold record for the song, which had more than a million copies sold. “With Your Love” (#28) entered the Top 40 later in 1958. Six out of the twelve songs on his debut album ended up becoming major singles. The vocal group the Chantones supported him on the majority of these songs.
He spent the majority of 1959 serving in the US Army, just after “Goodbye Baby” (#8) entered the Top 10. He also made the top 35 with “The Way I Walk” in 1959. Before Rollercoaster Records in England issued the vinyl EP “Jack Scott Rocks” and CD “The Way I Walk,” which were primarily mastered from original tapes rather than the disc dubs used for earlier reissues, most of his Carlton master tapes were thought to be lost or destroyed.
Scott switched record labels once more at the start of 1960, this time to Top Rank Records. The following three Billboard Hot 100 singles he released were “Burning Bridges” (#3) b/w “Oh Little One” (#34) and “It Only Happened Yesterday” (#38). Together, they peaked at Nos. 5 and 38 on the chart.
The second gold disc winner for Scott was “What in the World’s Come Over You.” Scott kept making records and giving performances throughout the 1960s and 1970s. In 1974, his song “You’re Just Gettin’ Better” made it onto the country charts. He taped a Peel session in May 1977 for John Peel of BBC Radio 1.
The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Fats Domino, and Connie Francis were the only other recording artists to have more US singles (19) in a shorter amount of time (41 months) than Scott. Except for “Burning Bridges,” he was the only author of all of his hits.
While performing as the headliner at the Rockhouse Festival in the Netherlands in 1994, Scott recorded his penultimate album, a live album with the British band The Class of ’58. The recording had to be delayed from its original scheduled 1993 date due to the pregnancy of double bass player, Chris Coleman. The Rockhouse label issued the album in 1995.
Jack Scott was chosen for induction into the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame in 2007. He was admitted to the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2011. Scott was subsequently considered for the Hit Parade Hall of Fame. He continued to perform and tour while residing in a Detroit suburb.
Scott returned to his Rock & Roll roots on his final project, the studio album “Way to Survive,” which was published in 2015. Scott also incorporated influences from two of his favorite musical genres, country and blues.
At the age of 83, Scott passed away from congestive heart failure on December 12, 2019. On December 8, he had a severe heart attack, and there was nothing that could be done to save him, according to his niece, singer and actress Rio Scafone, who made the announcement on her Facebook page. Scott passed away in the afternoon four days later.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What Is Jack Scott’S Real Name?
Jack Scott’s real name is Jack Leroy Scott. He was born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada on January 4, 1936. He was a popular rock and roll singer in the late 1950s and early 1960s. His biggest hit song was “My True Love.” He died on December 12, 2013 at the age of 77.
What Genre Is Jack Scott?
Jack Scott was a rock and roll singer from the 1950s. He is best known for his hit singles “My True Love” and “Goodbye Baby.
How Did Jake Scott Get Famous?
Jake Scott got famous by playing football. He played for the Miami Dolphins from 1970 to 1974, and was a member of their 1972 perfect season team. He was also named Super Bowl MVP in that year’s Super Bowl. After his playing career, he became a sports broadcaster and analyst.
How Many Song Jake Scott Get Famous?
Jake Scott is most well-known for his songs “I Will Always Love You” and “Unchained Melody”. He has also released several other popular songs, such as “My Heart Will Go On”, “Stairway to Heaven”, and “Yesterday”.