Bob Jackson

In 1969 Bob Jackson formed his first professional band together with his friend Paul Hooper. INDIAN SUMMER stayed together for almost 2 years, during which time they toured a lot and recorded an album.

INDIAN SUMMER 1 1969 - 1971
Bob
Jackson

kybds/vcl
Colin
Williams

gtr/vcl
Malcolm
Harker

bs/vcl
Paul
Hooper

dr/pcs

INDIAN SUMMER album
1971: INDIAN SUMMER - Indian Summer (Neon 3)

After the release of the debut album Malcolm Harker left INDIAN SUMMER. He was replaced by Wez Price. The group toured again to introduce their album to the public. In 1972 the group disbanded.

INDIAN SUMMER 2 1971 - 1972
Bob
Jackson

kybds/vcl
Colin
Williams

gtr/vcl
Wez
Price

bs/vcl
Paul
Hooper

dr/pcs

John Entwistle of the WHO wanted to tour in 1972 with his own band. He therefore formed RIGOR MORTIS. Bob Jackson was the keyboard player of this group.

RIGOR MORTIS 1972
John
Entwistle

bs/vcl
Bob
Jackson

kybds/vcl
Howie
Casey

sax
Graham
Deacon

dr/pcs
Alan
Ross

gtr/vcl
Bryan
Williams

kybds/tromb

Once the RIGOR MORTIS tour had ended Bob Jackson and Alan Ross decided to stay together. they formed the band ROSS and recorded two albums in 1973 and 1974.

ROSS 1973 - 1974
Bob
Jackson

kybds/vcl
Alan
Ross

gtr/vcl
Steve
Emery

bs/vcl
Tony
Fernandez

dr
Reuben
White

pcs

ROSS single
1974: ROSS - Alright By Me (Alan Ross / Steve Emery / Bob Jackson) b/w Caroline (Alan Ross) (Single; RSO Records 2090125)

ROSS album
1974: ROSS - Ross (RSO Records SO 878)
1974: ROSS - The Pit & The Pendulum (RSO Records SO 4802)

BADFINGER replaced Pete Ham by Bob Jackson who had just left ROSS. The new line-up rehearsed a lot for the next tour. Only a short time before the tour started, Pete Ham wanted to rejoin BADFINGER.

BADFINGER 5 8/74 - 9/74
Bob
Jackson

kybds/vcl
Tom
Evans

bs/vcl
Joey
Molland

gtr/vcl
Mike
Gibbins

dr/pcs/vcl

The other members of BADFINGER agreed to the return of Pete Ham, because they were glad to have their most prolific songwriter back on board. Bob Jackson stayed in the line-up. So for the first time in their history BADFINGER had five members. The sound of the group now was richer due to the keyboards of Bob Jackson. Bob Jackson even brought some of his songs to the repertoire of the group. After the tour, Joey Molland quit the band. He did not like the way, the management was handling the business.

BADFINGER 6 9/74 - 11/74
Pete
Ham

gtr/kybds/vcl
Tom
Evans

bs/vcl
Joey
Molland

gtr/vcl
Mike
Gibbins

dr/pcs/vcl
Bob
Jackson

kybds/vcl

Without Joey Molland BADFINGER started to rehears new songs for their next album. The recording sessions took place in early December 1974 at Apple Studios. When Warner Brothers realized that the advance payments they had given for the album production were misused by the group's management, they not only rejected the new album "Head First" but also withdraw "Wish You Were Here" from the stores.

"Head First" was lost for many years, as Warner Brothers kept the original master tapes. Luckily enough Bob Jackson had made a copy of the rough mixes which he kept in his own archive. This tape was later remixed and released in 2000 be Snapper records.

On 24 April 1975, Pete Ham hanged himself in his garage studio in Surrey.

BADFINGER 7 11/74 - 4/75
Pete
Ham

gtr/kybds/vcl
Tom
Evans

bs/vcl
Bob
Jackson

kybds/vcl
Mike
Gibbins

dr/pcs/vcl

BADFINGER album
1975: BADFINGER - Head First (Snappermusic SMADD 829) (veröffentlicht / released 2000)

It started as a demo session for John Wilson and Dave Powell but then Tom Evans and Bob Jackson harmonized very good with the other two musicians, so that they decided to form a band together. Dave Powell made the proposal to call the band the DODGERS. They selected two songs out of their sessions for the first single, which was released in March 1976. Another two songs were released in June as the second single of the DODGERS. Shortly after the release of the second single Dave Powell left the group.

DODGERS 1 1975 - 6/76
Tom
Evans

bs/vcl
Bob
Jackson

kybds/gtr/vcl
John
Wilson

gtr/vcl
Dave
Powell

dr/pcs

DODGERS - singles
1976: DODGERS - Don't Let Me Be Wrong (John Wilson) b/w Get To You (Tom Evans / Bob Jackson) (Single; UK: Island WIP 6292 / DE: Island 16995A / US: Island IS 058)
1976: DODGERS - Just Want To Love You (John Wilson) b/w Don't Know What You're Doing (Bob Jackson) (Single; UK: Island WIP 6342 / DE: Island 17610 AT)

Bob Jackson participated at some sessions in the seventies.

Bob Jackson session
1975: Cris Williamson - The Changer And The Changed (Olivia LF-904)
1976: MOON - Too Close For Comfort (Epic EPC 81 456)

Bob Jackson called his old friend Paul Hooper to join the DODGERS but as he was not immediately available, Terry Williams joined the group for some commitments in July.

DODGERS 2 7/76
Tom
Evans

bs/vcl
Bob
Jackson

kybds/gtr/vcl
John
Wilson

gtr/vcl
Terry
Williams

dr/pcs

In August Paul Hooper could finally join the DODGERS. The group started to record their debut album and a first single of this line-up was released in early 1977. In April the group's management decided that Tom Evans did not fit to the group's image and therefore he was asked to leave.

DODGERS 3 8/76 - 4/77
Tom
Evans

bs/vcl
Bob
Jackson

kybds/gtr/vcl
John
Wilson

gtr/vcl
Paul
Hooper

dr/pcs

DODGERS - single
1976: DODGERS - Down (John Wilson) b/w Don't Know What You're Doing (Bob Jackson) (Single; UK: Island WIP 6361)

Roger Lomas was hired to be the new member of the DODGERS. As Roger Lomas did not like to play the bass, John Wilson changed from guitar to bass. During the concerts they sometimes changed their instruments. With the new group member on board all bass parts and vocals that had been recorded by Tom Evans were erased and newly recorded. In 1978 two more singles and the debut album of the group were released.
DODGERS 4 4/77 - 8/78
Roger
Lomas

gtr/bs/vcl
Bob
Jackson

kybds/gtr/vcl
John
Wilson

bs/gtr/vcl
Paul
Hooper

dr/pcs

DODGERS - single
1978: DODGERS - Love On The Rebound (John Wilson) b/w Come Out Fighting (Bob Jackson / Paul Hooper) (Single; Polydor 2059046)
1978: DODGERS - Anytime (Bob Jackson / John Wilson) b/w Little Darlin' (Roger Lomas) (Single; Polydor)

DODGERS - album
1978: DODGERS - Love On The Rebound (Polydor 2383513)

As Bob Jackson did not like the behaviour of the management he was telling them that he did not like the overall situation and in the end he also was fired.

In 1979 Bob Jackson joined the SEARCHERS as a guest musician. He did not only help them record two albums in 1979 and 1980 but he also toured with them.

SEARCHERS 1979 - 1980
Gast/Guest
Mike
Pender

gtr/vcl
John
McNally

gtr/vcl
Frank
Allen

bs
Billy Adamson
dr/vcl
Bob
Jackson

kybds/vcl

SEARCHERS - single
1979: SEARCHERS - Hearts In Her Eyes b/w Don't Hang On (Single; EMI 63512)
1980: SEARCHERS - It's Too Late b/w This Kind Of Love Affair (Single; Sire 4036)
1980: SEARCHERS - Love's Melody (Andy McMasters) b/w Changing (Single; Sire SRE 49665)
1981: SEARCHERS - Another Night b/w Back To War (John Hyatt) (Single; Sire SIR 4049)

SEARCHERS - album
1979: SEARCHERS - The Searchers (Sire SRK 6082)
1980: SEARCHERS - Play For Today (Sire SRK 3523)

After meeting Robin George David Byron decided to form another band. They called the band simply BYRON BAND. They asked Bob Jackson to join as their keyboard player. In the end the BYRON BAND comprosed six musicians. At first they recorded a single and after that a complete album. The group played a few concerts and started to record new material, but they were not able to get a new recording contract. In the year 2004 Robin George finally released some rare recordings (studio and live) of the BYRON BAND.

BYRON BAND 1980 - 1981
David
Byron

vcl
Robin
George

gtr/vcl
Bob
Jackson

kybds/vcl
Roger
Flavelle

bs
Mel
Collins

sax
John
Shearer

dr/pcs

BYRON BAND singles
1980: BYRON BAND - Every Inch Of The Way (David Byron / Robin George) b/w Routine (David Byron / Robin George) (Single; Creole CR 8)
1980: BYRON BAND - Rebecca (David Byron / Robin George) b/w Tired Eyes (David Byron / Robin George) (Single; Creole CR 12)
1980: BYRON BAND - Rebecca (David Byron / Robin George) b/w Bad Girl (David Byron / Robin George) (Single; E: Victoria 2250301)
1981: BYRON BAND - Never Say Die (David Byron / Robin George) b/w Little By Little (David Byron / Robin George) (Single; Creole CR24)

BYRON BAND album
1981: BYRON BAND - On The Rocks (Creole Records CR X2)
1981: BYRON BAND - Lost And Found (Majestic Rock MAJCD021) veröffentlicht / released 2004

In May 1982 Tom Evans and Mike Gibbins got in contact with Bob Jackson. The three of them planned to have another BADFINGER reunion. They were rehearsing some guitarists, but they could not find the right person for the group. So in June they had the idea to call Joey Molland to see whether he would be interested in the reunion. But before they got in contact with him they got Adam Allen as their new guitarist. After the end of the tour, which earned them no money, Tom Evans and Bob Jackson flew back to England.

BADFINGER 19 6/82 - 8/82
Bob
Jackson

gtr/kybds/vcl
Tom
Evans

bs/vcl
Adam
Allen

gtr
Mike
Gibbins

dr/pcs/vcl

Early October 1982 Tom Evans and Bob Jackson got a phone call from Jack Koshick, whom they had met earlier that year in Milwaukee. He had promised then to arrange a tour for BADFINGER. His phone call was confirming now that a complete tour had been arranged and that he needed BADFINGER.

But there was no BADFINGER. Tom Evans and Bob Jackson immediately got in contact with Reed Kailing, who had toured with the GRASSROOTS. Reed Kailing called Donnie Dacus, who had played with Stephen Stills and CHICAGO, and asked him to become the lead guitar player for BADFINGER. The drummer for this new line-up was no other than Mike Gibbins. The tour lasted till December 1982. In 2003 Mike Gibbins released a 2-CD-album with one of the shows of this tour.

BADFINGER 20 10/82 - 12/82
Bob
Jackson

gtr/kybds/vcl
Tom
Evans

bs/vcl
Reed
Kailing

gtr
Mike
Gibbins

dr/pcs/vcl
Donnie
Dacus

gtr/vcl

BADFINGER album
1982: BADFINGER - DBABFR / Live In Bloomington, Indiana (Mike Gibbins Records) (veröffentlicht / released 2003)

In February 1983 Bob Jackson and Tom Evans signed a new contract, which included recording and touring. At first they assembled a new BADFINGER line-up and then they went to a studio to do some recording. In the end they succeeded in cutting four demos and a pormotional video. Amongst the songs they recorded were Bob Jackson's "I Won't Forget You" and Tom Evans' "You And I". All in all this project was no success at all and the concerts which had been planned did not happen.

BADFINGER 24 2/83
Bob
Jackson

gtr/kybds/vcl
Tom
Evans

bs/vcl
Dan
Grenier

dr
Greg
Gehring

gtr
Al
Wodtke

gtr

There finally was a US-tour set up for Tom Evans and his version of BADFINGER for the fall of 1983. The group was well accepted even though they had to face some problems. Glenn Sherba had injured his hand, but he still played all the concerts. Tony Kaye announced at the end of the tour that he would return to YES full time after the tour. Once the final concerts had been played the group split up and everybody went their separate ways again. On November 18th 1983 Tom Evans was found dead by his wife. He had ended his life the same as Pete Ham had done some years earlier.

BADFINGER 25 9/83 - 10/83
Bob
Jackson

gtr/pno/vcl
Tom
Evans

bs/vcl
Tony
Kaye

kybds
Lenny
Campanaro

dr/pcs
Glenn
Sherba

gtr

After the death of Tommy Evans, Bob Jackson was asked to do a tour in the U.S. When he started to form a new band for the tour he first got Mike Gibbins and Al Wodtke. Then somebody proposed to invite Joey Molland. Molland accepted and after the addition of Randy Anderson as second guitarist the new line-up of BADFINGER was complete. They toured in August. People who attended these shows reported that those were not as good as shows from 1982, but the sound was quite okay.

BADFINGER 26 8/84 - 1985
Joey
Molland

gtr/vcl
Bob
Jackson

gtr/pno/vcl
Al
Wodtke

bs
Randy
Anderson

gtr
Mike
Gibbins
dr/pcs/vcl

When founding member Barry Pritchard left the FORTUNES in 1995 due to ill health Bob Jackson was his replacement. Bob Jackson stayed 10 years with the FORTUNES and added his keyboard playing and singing to the sound of the group. On stage they even played some old BADFINGER songs. Together they recorded 3 studio albums. The FORTUNES fan club released on live compilation and when Bob Jackson announced his retirement from the FORTUNES the group released a DVD from the 2005 European concerts.

FORTUNES 1995 - 2005
Rod
Allen

bs/vcl
Michael
Smitham

gtr/vcl
Bob
Jackson

kybds/vcl
Paul
Hooper

dr/pcs

FORTUNES album
1999: FORTUNES - Some Bridges (Stormfree Records CDSF 009)
1999: FORTUNES - Anthology (Stormfree Records SFCD 199)
2001: FORTUNES - This Is The Fortunes Live (Fan Club Release)
2003: FORTUNES - Heroes Never Die (Schaaf Records SR 6870)

FORTUNES DVD
2003: FORTUNES - European Concert Tour 2005


Bob Jackson mentioned in interviews after leaving the FORTUNES that he would concentrate on a solo album. He even said that there would be a chance that other former BADFINGER members might join him for the recordings. In May 2006 Bob Jackson played a complete concert for the BADFINGER convention. He was joined by Ron Griffiths for a few songs.

On the 17th of May 2006 Bob Jackson officially rejoined the FORTUNES.

FORTUNES 5/06 - ...

Rod
Allen

bs/vcl
Michael
Smitham

gtr/vcl
Paul
Hooper

dr/pcs
Bob
Jackson

kybds/vcl