819 Thurman St.
CP-1541 – Oh Baby
CP-1542 – Waltzing With You
? – You Got Me Rocking And Rolling
? – Dreamy Sunday
Billboard October 6, 1958
CP- 2029 – New World
CP-2030 – Cha Cha Cha
Bobby Jackson // Robert Jackson and The Sneakers
CP-2981 – Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me
CP-2982 – Closer To My Heart
Billboard March 7, 1960
Billboard ad, December 15, 1958
He recalls Bobby Jackson :
Bobby Jackson was well known around the local clubs. Starting out, Clarence Carter played in his band on the circuit. "We had a lot of fun. One thing about the Chitlin Circuit...you were comfortable, you were in your place," Jackson admitted.
During the '60s Jackson played The Elks Club in Montgomery where recording artists like The Drifters, Joe Tex, Tyrone Davis and The Manhattans would pack the house.
But the road to success did have its down side. "They didn't have business managers to go in and look at the books to know how many records were sold," Dixon said adding, "they didn't really concern themselves with it." Why? "All they wanted to do was perform. It was their life."
It was a journey that's seen many twists and turns. "Now, most everything is more sophisticated..." Long gone are the segregated clubs, and the road so many artists traveled to fame is now history.
- Al Dixon memories found here : http://www.wsfa.com/global/story.asp?s=11975036
- Bobby Jackson and his Sneakers picture is courtesy of the Alabama Dept. of Archives and History Digital Collections.