Jackie Payne’s singing career began over forty years ago with his father’s gospel choir in Athens , Georgia . Payne spent his formative years hanging out with his harmonica playing uncle, Georgia bluesman, Neal Pattman . “I first heard Sonny Boy Williamson and Little Walter from my uncle. He would take me around when I was about four or five and I would sit on his shoulder. He only had one arm and I would sit and hold on and he would blow his harp and let me sing.” Payne began singing professionally with the Allen Swing Band out of Atlanta at age thirteen and later joined the R&B group, The Serenaders .
In 1963, at age 17, he moved to Houston where he worked with many Blues and R&B legends including: T-Bone Walker , Johnny Clyde Copeland , Clarence Hollimon , Albert Collins , Wayne Bennett , Otis Redding , Gatemouth Brown , Lowell Fulson , Buddy Ace , Freddy King , Gladys Knight , Etta James and more. Jackie had his first regional hit, “ Go Go Train ” b/w “ I’ll Be Home ,” on the Jetstream label in 1965. The success of that single led to a 45 city tour with the Stax revue featuring Otis Redding , Sam & Dave and Rufus& Carla Thomas . After a stint in the Army in 1968, Payne settled in Culver City , California . A job at the Cover Girl Club found Payne paired with Pee Wee Crayton . The gig lasted four years, and during that time Payne garnered four Entertainer of the Year awards. In addition, Jackie was the lead singer for the Johnny Otis Show for 15 years, and has appeared on the Johnny Otis Saturday morning radio show broadcast live on KPFA-FM. The University of Indiana has entered 700 of these tapes into their musical library, making the pairing of Johnny Otis and Jackie Payne a part of musical history forever. “Spirit of the Black Territory Bands,” recorded by The Johnny Otis Orchestra, featured Jackie on vocals and was nominated for a 1993 Grammy Award. Jackie has headlined shows in the U.S. , Sweden , Belgium , France , Thailand , and Japan.
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