If anybody remembers Jackson these days, it's probably for his big crossover hit (#4 on the pop charts), "Waterloo." Hard to imagine a song like that crossing over to the pop charts these days. For that matter, it's hard to imagine a song like that getting airplay on the country stations. That's because country stations now aren't really country in the sense they were in Jackson's heyday, the late '50s and early '60s, which was the golden era of country honky-tonk singers. Even the Grand Old Opry might be all that fond of Jackson's kind of music, since back in 2006 Jackson sued the Opry for age discrimination. Jackson had been a member of the Opry for 50 years, but he thought he was being pushed aside for younger singers. One thing's for sure, there's nobody like him around now.
One of my personal favorites is the flip side of "Waterloo," a great little ditty called "Smoke along the Track."
And for those of you who like a little noir music, here's the great "Life to Go," written by a young George Jones.
When it comes to honky-tonk, Jackson's one of the all-time greats.