Thursday, October 28, 2010

Artist: Shawne Jackson, Album: Ktel Canadian Mint, Song: Just As Bad As You

"I'm just as bad as you, there ain't nothing I can't do.  I'm as bad as bad can be, ain't no man gonna mess with me."  Shawne Jackson was a soul singer from Toronto.  She worked her way from being a member of a Methodist Church choir to a chart topping Canadian singer.  In 1974, after spending the mid to late sixties in various r&b groups throughout the city with her brother, Jay, she released this top ten hit.  She signed with Hugh Hefner's Playboy Records label and was produced by her future husband, the late Domenic Troiano.  Domenic had been a successful solo artist in his own right as well as a member of the Guess Who and the James Gang.  Her partnership with Troiano would yield a self titled debut album in 1976 but it didn't include this song.  If you love soul music, this is one hard to find gem of a song.  For a woman who never intended to become a singer, she was very good at it.  She would leave music behind in the late seventies to pursue other interests before returning in the eighties once again.  Today, she and her brother Jay perform the odd show together.  The song, Just As Bad As You, is likely only available on 45 or on a vinyl Canadian music compilation from that time period.  I discovered it myself on a K-tel album (pictured).  At the time of this blog there were three vinyl 45 copies selling between $3 and $10 on Ebay and Amazon.  You can hear the song, Just As Bad As You, on You Tube (  As always, you can hear this song as well as others that I blog about each day on Live 365 (  Thanks for reading and enjoy!