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Here's some JJ trivia for you...
Joe Jackson has a brief credited on-screen appearance in the film The Greatest Game Ever Played as a piano player in an East London pub.
The film, which premiered in the US on 30 September 2005, tells the true story of Francis Ouimet, a 20-year-old amateur golf player from a working class family, who shocked the golf world when at the 1913 U.S. Open he battled his idol, the defending British champion Harry Vardon.
Joe Jackson was originally commissioned to write the music for this film, but at some stage the studio
decided to give the job to Brian Tyler.
The song 'Battleground' on the album Beat Crazy is dedicated to Linton Kwesi Johnson.
The album Blaze Of Glory Joe "dedicated to my generation".
A 'frequently asked question' is: How tall is JJ? Well, the Rock Yearbook 1982
(page 197) quotes him as saying:
"I'm easy to take the piss out of because I'm six foot two and going bald."
That would make him about 1.88 m if you prefer to think metric.
(BTW, in case you're not familiar with the expression, 'to take the piss out of someone' is British English colloquial for 'to mock' or 'to poke fun at someone'.)
Not to be confused... other Joe Jackson's
the legendary American baseball player
"Shoeless" Joe Jackson (1888-1951)
one of Ireland's top music journalists
Joseph "Joe" Jackson,
the father of Michael Jackson and the rest of the Jackson family
a Pulitzer-Prize-nominated American author
an American jazz trombonist
an actor who played minor roles in "The Alamo" (1960) and "The Longest Yard" (1974)
an American football player
This cover sleeve has the album title printed in 27 different languages. Ever wondered what these languages are?
3. Chinese, Japanese
19. Swiss German
21. Spanish, Portuguese
Talking of album sleeves... When Body And Soul was released, a lot of jazz fans found the cover art strangely familiar and dug out an album by Sonny Rollins, issued on the Blue Note label in 1957, Sonny Rollins, Volume 2, which depicted the great sax player with his instrument and a cigarette in his hand. The photo of Joe on the Body And Soul cover almostly exactly replicated that picture so it was clear that it was meant as a tribute to that classic jazz album cover.
When a book came out in 1991, "The Cover Art of Blue Note Records" (edited by Graham Marsh, Glyn Callingham and Felix Cromey, published by Collins and Brown, London), it reproduced the two covers on two facing pages (117 and 118) with the following captions:
|All good things which exist are the fruits of originality...||...imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.|
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