Jack Scott Interview

Posted May 7, 2007 - www.countypress.com, by Jeff Hoard

On at least two occasions, Jack Scott had the chance to meet Elvis Presley.

The first time, a friend of Presley's invited Scott to the legend's home in Memphis, but he was in Nashville at the time in a recording session. The second time, Scott was visiting musician Glen Campbell at his California home when he asked Scott if he wanted to go to a party where Elvis was at. However on the way there, they stopped at a club and played guitar until 6 a.m.

"I regretted all those years I could have met Elvis," Scott said.

But in the early 1960s, Scott received reassurance that Presley never forgot about him. He was on tour with Bill Black, who was a bass player for Presley.

"He said, 'Oh, Elvis knows about you,'" said Scott, who was flattered at the story. "They were on the road one day and stopped to get hamburgers late at night. Elvis walked over to the jukebox and played my song 'Goodbye Baby.'

"I couldn't wait to get back home and tell my mother that Elvis played my song."

Scott was born in Windsor, Ontario and his family moved to Hazel Park when he was 10 years old. After releasing three singles in 1957 with ABC-Paramount, he moved to the Carlton label in 1958 where his hits including "My True Love," "With Your Love," "Goodbye Baby," and "The Way I Walk" broke out.

In 1959, he went to Top Rank label and recorded "What in the World's Come Over You," which gave Scott his second gold record. Overall, Scott had 19 chart hits in 41 months, and six of his first 12 songs on his first album "Jack Scott" became hit singles.

Scott remembers first starting out and receiving help from a well-known musician.

"When I was first starting out, I lost a couple of guitars," he said. "Phil Everly of Everly Brothers gave me a guitar so I could do my show."

His recent tours have taken him to Long Island, N.Y. where he played with fellow musicians Tommy Sands and Johnny Preston. Scott performed in Europe last year where he has a fan following in England.

Currently, he's toying with the idea of putting a new CD out with songs he recorded in 1962 and 1963. In the meantime, he performs at various locations and spends a lot of time writing when traveling.

So what does one expect to see at a Jack Scott concert? Even the man himself doesn't have an answer to that question.

"I never know until I hit the stage what I'm going to do," he said. "I usually sing a song and tell how the song came about."

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