Joe Jackson, (David Ian Jackson) was born on August 11th 1954 in Burton on Trent, Staffordshire, and has since established himself as a great British musician. Jackson is best known for his hit singles ‘Is She Really Going Out With Him?’(1972) and ‘Steppin’ Out’ (1982).
Growing up in Portsmouth, Jackson began studying classical music, learning violin yet soon switching to piano. From the age of sixteen, he played his music in bars, which won him the opportunity to study musical composition at London’s prestigious Academy of Music. He began to dislike classical music, and moved his style towards the pop-rock genre.
He joined a band called Arms and Legs, but due to their failure he began to record solo demos. In 1978 a producer heard his tape, and offered him a record deal with A&M Records. His first solo album ‘Look Sharp!’ was released shortly after in 1979, quickly followed by 'I’m the Man' and 'Beat Crazy' in 1980.
Joe Jackson and his backing band experience great success, yet the band shortly left him, and Jackson recorded an album of blues, named ‘Jumpin’ Jive’. He went on to record ‘Night and Day’ shortly after, which gained him his first chart success, peaking at number four in the charts.
His continued to release albums, challenging himself with influences from other styles of music, encorporating jazz, funk and pop into his music. For some years he drifted away from the pop style, going on to be signed by Sony Classical in 1997, which released his Symphony No. 1 in 1999 for which he received a Grammy award.
Jackson is still active in the music field, and is currently best known for his campaigning against the smoking ban.
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