• Johnny & Jackey  (Detroit, MI)

    Personnel :

    Johnny Bristol

    Jackey Beavers

    Discography :

    1960 - Lonely & Blue / Let’s Go To A Movie Baby (Anna 1108)
    1960 - Hoy Hoy / No One Else But You (Anna 1120)
    1961 - Carry Your Own Load / So Disappointing (Tri-Phi 1002)
    1962 - Someday We’ll Be Together / Sho Don't Play (Tri-Phi 1005)
    1962 - Do You See My Love For You Growing / Carry Your Own Load (Tri-Phi 1016)
    1962 - Baby Don’tcha Worry / Stop What You’re Saying (Tri-Phi 1019)

    Biography :

    Jackey Beavers was born and grew up in Cartersville, Georgia, and, after leaving high school, joined the US Air Force. While stationed at Fort Custer he won a talent competition, and became friends with one of the other competitors, Johnny Bristol.


    They began performing together as Johnny and Jackey, and won a residency at the El Grotto Lounge at Battle Creek, Michigan, where the house band was led by Junior Walker. They soon signed for Anna Records, where they were managed by Berry Gordy's sister Gwen. The duo released two singles on the Anna label in 1960, before moving to the Tri-Phi label which Gwen Gordy set up with her husband Harvey Fuqua.

    Left to right: marvin gaye and his wife anna gordy gaye, gwen gordy fuqua, and her husband harvey fuqua

    The duo's second single for Tri-Phi, "Someday We'll Be Together" in 1962, was co-written by Beavers with Johnny Bristol and Harvey Fuqua, but was not a hit at the time. Finding little commercial success, Johnny and Jackey split up, and Beavers began recording with Roquel Davis at the Checker label.

    Songs :

    No One Else But You                  Hoy Hoy              Someday We'll Be Together

    Baby Don'tCha Worry             So Disappointing           Stop What You're Saying

    Lonely & Blue      Do You See My Love For You Growing     Carry Your Own Load

    Let's Go To A Movie Baby


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