Jack Scott passed away yesterday in Michigan after suffering from congestive heart failure at the age of 84. His may not be a name that’s immediately familiar to you. Let’s fix that.
Scott was born Jack Scafone in Windsor, Ontario, Canada in 1936. His family relocated to the Detroit suburbs when he was ten years old, but Scott may be one of the earliest “big stars” to claim Canadian heritage. FYI Music News out of Canada wrote a nice piece about him; you can find it here.
You’re going to question me on the “big star” moniker, but let me answer that one. Between 1958 and 1960 Jack Scott hit the American Top 10 four times: with his debut “My True Love,” 1959’s “Goodbye Baby,” and 1960’s “What In the World’s Come Over You” and “Burning Bridges.” (Don’t confuse the last one with the Mike Curb Congregation record of the same name.) Add to that roster five other Top 40 singles and a few from the Country charts, and you have a decent resume.
Jack was still performing as recently as 2016, which isn’t bad for a guy approaching 80 at the time. We had him for one of the “gala of stars” type shows with WRLL in Chicago and he did a fantastic job keeping the crowd riveted. (Scott’s records fared well on the WJJD charts, and the listeners remembered him.)
We gave more than a little play to “Leroy” at WRLL. Larry Lujack, who was in his last gig at the time, was our morning co-host with Tommy Edwards and I recall him liking the record. It was a #11 hit and the flip side of “My True Love,” and it was the first song I thought of when I heard this news.
You can hear “Leroy” by clicking here.
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Last September, they had a “radio reunion” with some of the old Detroit radio personalities. Jack was there! I had plans to attend, but was unable to go at the last minute. It makes me sad to know I missed the opportunity to thank him for some great music.
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I always loved Jack Scott and his music. In the Grand Rapids market, they flipped over Burning Bridges and played the other side Oh Little One. If you ever get a chance, check it out. Really good song. Believe it or not, I’d never heard Goodbye Baby until the mid 90’s. I heard Joe Donovan play it on his all night oldies show on WHAS/Louisville and have loved that song ever since.
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