Here is an R & B singer who was at one time a member of the Del-Vikings from 1957 to 1959. Then he went on to receive a little fame on his own in the early Sixties…
Any Day Now at the Apollo in 1985
1. I Don’t Want To Cry/ Wand 106/ March 1961/ #36
2. Any Day Now/ Wand 122/ June 1962/ #23
Although Chuck Jackson may, to some people, be forgotten today, he is an R&B singer who was one of the first artists to successfully record material by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. But his brand of uptown soul is dismissed by a clique of critics who prefer their Soul music deep and down-home.
Chuck was a regular visitor to the R&B charts, and occasionally to the Pop listings, in the early 1960s with such early Pop-Soul concoctions as “I Don’t Want to Cry“, “Any Day Now” and “Tell Him I’m Not Home.”
His records were very much in keeping with New York Pop/Rock-Soul production, with slick brass riffs, sweeping strings, and female backup vocalists. But those production effects may make his work seem dated to some listeners. His hoarse, emotional vocals weren’t as subtle or commanding as peers like Ben E. King or Wilson Pickett… sounding a little vulnerable, perhaps?
On its own terms, though, his best work is quite good, whether you prefer Pop to Soul or vice versa. He had a great voice.
Jackson sang with one of the best Doo Wop groups, the Dell-Vikings, for a while in the late ’50s (although he doesn’t appear on their hit singles). Spotted by Scepter Records while performing with Jackie Wilson’s Revue, he started recording for Sceptor in 1961. As was the case with label mates Dionne Warwick and the Shirelles, Jackson‘s early-’60s arrangements blended Pop, R&B, and New York-session professionalism.
One of his best singles, “I Keep Forgettin‘” (1962), was written and produced by Leiber–Stoller.
Jackson had some success with some duets with Maxine Brown in the mid-’60s, but he left Wand in 1967 for Motown, at the urging of Smokey Robinson.
Chuck Jackson was (perhaps understandably) lost in the shuffle during his four years at Motown, and he’s barely been heard from since, although he remains a favorite on England’s “Northern Soul” scene.
Now for something a little different… There’s a Canadian group that covered “Any Day Now” in a 1965 recording called “Going Places with The Regents”.
Here’s “Any Day Now” featuring Duncan White.
Not a bad cover, eh?