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Chuck Jackson 

Soul music fans know Chuck Jackson as the dusky-voiced charmer whose series of hits--"I Don't Want to Cry," "Any Day Now," the lovely "Daddy's Home" with Maxine Brown, and nearly a score of others--made him one of the most in-demand stars on the R & B circuit from the early 60s through the early 70s. But Jackson is more than a mere soulster: graced with a versatility that earned him the moniker "Mr. Everything" early in his career, Jackson has been cited as a major influence by artists as diverse as Tom Jones and the Beatles, and he's had success with material ranging from Burt Bacharach/Hal David creations ("I Wake Up Crying") to duets with pop-soul ingenue Cissy Houston. His real forte is the sinewy romanticism of the soul ballad: dripping with sensual urgency, Jackson at age 58 can still summon that forever-young ache of heartbreak and longing with an ease that many of today's macho-drenched pretenders seem unable to approximate. A rare Chicago appearance of a dyed-in-the-wool R & B legend. Friday through Sunday, 8 and 11 PM, Tyrone Davis Entertainment Center, 1744 N. Central; 637-3699.

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