|Jackie Lee Cochran, Jack The Cat|
As many of the folks in the Mississippi delta Jack was influenced by singers like Hank Snow, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters and Elvis Presley. His persobal roots go back even further, because his grandmother had been a pure blooded Cherokee, that's why he had been given the rather unusual name 'Waukeen'. While he was youn jack spent a lot of time listening to the Grand Ole Opry as well as singers such as Roy Orbison, Johhny Horton and Elvis on the radio. However, he had his own ideas about music and he was looking for a chance to perform on stage. He was 14 years old when, in january 1955, his dream came true when he performed as a guest in a Hank Snow concert in Evansville, Idiana. In the years to come he appeared on stage as "Jack The cat", a name which was full justified because of his pink & black suits and his breathtaking show. As an extra he had an oversized black cat, with eyes red as fire, drawn at the back of the stage.
It was only a question of time that recordproducers turned their interest to this talented singer. In 1956 jack signed a contract with Sims records. His first two songs, Hipshakin' Mama and Riverside Jump, were recorded at Jim beck's studio in Dallas. Later that same year a new contract was signed with VIV where he recorded the dashing songs Buy A Car and I Want You. VIV couldn't handle Jack's wild rockabilly style, so at the end of 1956 he signed a promising contarct with record giant DECCA. His first recording sessions in the Los Angelos studios on november 27, 1956 were to be his last. Ruby Peral and Mama Don't You Think I Know were put on sale immediatly. Jack was groomed for stardom, but by the time other Decca management people were trying to take control of his career, difficulties arose. In february 1957 catastrophy took its course. VIV had sold the rights and master tapes of Buy A Car to Paramount. This was breaking the law, because Jack was under contract with Decca. Decca immediatly stopped selling Jack's records and thus ended his career at Decca abruptly. Later, in the sixties, Jack recorded some stuff for SPRY and he made a comeback in the 80s when he was put back on stage by rockabilly hunter Ronny Weiser (Rollin' Rock) together with other rockabilly greats such as Ray Campi, Mac Curtis and Johnny Carroll.
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