Al Jackson, Jr.
(November 27, 1935 – October 1, 1975) was a drummer
, and songwriter
. He is best known as a founding member of Booker T. & the M.G.s
, a group of session musicians
who worked for Stax Records
and produced their own instrumentals
. Jackson was called "The Human Timekeeper
" for his drumming ability.
Jackson's father, Al Jackson Sr., led a jazz/swing dance band in Memphis, Tennessee
. The young Jackson started drumming at an early age and began playing on stage with his father's band in 1940 at the age of 5. He later began playing in producer/trumpeter Willie Mitchell
's band and at the same time was holding down the chair with the popular Ben Branch Band. Future bandmates Steve Cropper
and Donald "Duck" Dunn
first saw Jackson playing in Mitchell's band at the all white Manhattan Club.
In an interview with , Mitchell says,<blockquote>"Al Junior was about 14 years old then. I said to his father, 'Hey, let’s use your son!' He said, 'Oh, man, he can’t play this sh*t!' But he did make the gig. He set up his kit – a cymbal, a snare drum, and a bass drum – and I kicked the thing off. And, man, that thing went off at 20 tempos!But that was around 7:00 o'clock. And by the time Al Senior came in an hour later, at 8:00 o'clock, Al Jackson Jr. was swinging that damn band like a pro."
Jackson became one of the most important and influential drummers in the... Read More