Jackie Lomax

Jackie Lomax Biography

One of the best white R&B/soul voices and songwriters to have come out of the sixties and seventies, JACKIE LOMAX has somehow managed to avoid commercial success throughout his forty-year career. He started out as the lead vocalist and bass-player with Merseybeat band the UNDERTAKERS who had a number of singles issued in Britain by Pye in 1963 and 1964. Unfortunately only one made an appearance in the British charts.

After the Undertakers, he formed the LOMAX ALLIANCE in 1966 in America out of the remains of the Lost Souls. The band had incredible potential and it was Brian Epstein who took them back to Britain to record. Two brilliant singles were released (and sank without trace) on Columbia/CBS the following year and an album was recorded, but the death of Epstein, meant that the album was never released.

In 1968 Jackie Lomax was the first artist signed to the Beatles new label APPLE RECORDS. His debut single, written by George Harrison, SOUR MILK SEA, was one of the first four Apple singles and featured Jackie, George Harrison, and Eric Clapton on guitars, Paul McCartney on bass, Ringo Starr on drums, and Nicky Hopkins on piano – and Jackie’s voice was equal to the high quality of the musicianship. In spite of the superstar line-up, the single failed to chart but an LP of Jackie’s own songs was recorded, again produced by George Harrison and with the same line-up on some of the tracks. The LP, entitled IS THIS WHAT YOU WANT?, was released in March 1969 but there was no concerted effort to promote the album or to highlight the incredible group of musicians involved and it didn’t sell enough to enter the charts in Britain or America. Two singles later he was lost in the black hole that was the post-Beatles Apple Corps and had to move on to other things on other labels.

He wrote and recorded an album (also unreleased) with the semi-legendary, almost-fictitious blues band HEAVY JELLY (1970), before signing to Warner Brothers. Working out of Woodstock, USA, he recorded two excellent solo albums, HOME IS IN MY HEAD (1971) and THREE (1972). Both built on the solid foundation of the Apple LP, but in spite of even better songs, better performances and excellent musicians (including members of The Band), neither brought him the success he deserved.

He returned to Britain and joined BADGER, transforming a progressive rock group into a R&B/soul band by writing and singing all of the tracks on their WHITE LADY album (1974). Produced by Allen Toussaint and featuring Jeff Beck on the title track, it managed, unbelievably, to be neglected by the record-buying public.

After returning to America he signed with Capitol and released two more high-quality solo albums, LIVIN’ FOR LOVIN’ (1976) and DID YOU EVER HAVE THAT FEELING? (1977). He was still playing his own brand of R&B/soul and writing songs with amazing sensitivity and great melodies. In addition, the latter album had a cover drawn by Klaus Voorman, a friend from his days in Hamburg, who, ten years earlier, had designed the sleeve to the Beatles’ REVOLVER.

His contract lapsed and no-one seemed to be in any hurry to sign him. Having settled on the west coast of America he played bass for a wide array of bands throughout the eighties and nineties as well as a string of solo gigs with a number of band line-ups. In 2001 he released his first album in over 20 years via MP3.com: THE BALLAD OF LIVERPOOL SLIM picked up where he had left off, writing and playing soulful, heartfelt blues, R&B and soul.

In spite of his inexplicable lack of recognition, Jackie Lomax remains one of the most talented singers, songwriters and guitar players to have come out of the sixties with a body of work that is equal to most of his more famous peers.

Jackie Lomax Bio from Discogs

British guitarist and singer/songwriter born 10 May 1944 in Wallasey, Cheshire,

died September 15, 2013 in the Wirral, Merseyside.

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