Millie Jackson: Brash R&B Vocalist With the Unifics' Al Johnson
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The last date listed for Millie Jackson was Friday August 3, 2012 / 8:00pm.
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Millie Jackson is much more than an entertainment legend. The shapely, charismatic, and multi-talented entertainer is, without a doubt, a music industry icon whose oft-criticized career paved the way for many of today’s forward-thinking female recording artists and entertainers. Not only has her lengthy career attracted fans from all walks of life along the way – it’s also rumored that Bette Midler and Roseanne took pages from Jackson’s high-voltage explicit approach to sex to enrich their respective careers. In spite of being stamped bawdy, brash, and bad, Jackson is the epitome of performance perfection on stage. In this regard, she is totally peerless.
Jackson’s first hit single, 1971’s “A Child of God (It’s Hard to Believe),” set the tone for what was to come with sexual and social hypocrisy from this Georgia native. Winning accolades for her self-titled 1972 debut album, Jackson found her powerful vocal prowess and ability to gather material to fit perfectly into the philosophical trends of the times. Beginning with the Gold-certified release Caught Up (1974), Jackson’s name became synonymous with a streak of hit albums: Feelin’ Bitchy (1977), Get It Out’cha System (1978), A Moment’s Pleasure (1979), For Men Only (1980), I Had to Say It (1980), Just a Li’l Bit Country (1981), Hard Times (1982), and more. Her 1985 duet recording with Elton John, “Act of War,” made the national pop charts and garnered Jackson fame as a crossover artist. Her hit singles in the second half of the ’80s included “Hot! Wild! Unrestricted! Crazy Love” and “Love is a Dangerous Game,” both of which broke the Top 10 on the R&B charts.
In the early ’90s, Jackson penned the stage play _Young Man, Older Woman, _based on her 1991 album of the same name. The play was a huge success, breaking numerous box office records and attracting countless standing-room-only crowds in the cities and venues it played during its almost four-year run. The show won Jackson widespread acclaim for her ability to turn her particular brand of riesque music into stage play success. In recent years, she has hosted her daily radio show in Dallas, Texas, released her latest album Not for Church Folk! (2001), and continued to perform her suggestive catalog of soulful pop for legions of fans at venues across the country.