Tommy Jackson

The National Fiddler Hall of Fame



Tommy Jackson

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Tommy Jackson

"Tommy Jackson" is a name known by few outside the music industry. However, his fiddle can be heard throughout most of the great country music recordings produced in Nashville from the late 1940's into the early 1960's ... on songs such as .... Your Cheatin' Heart, I saw the light, Kaliga, Heartaches By the Number, Under Your Spell Again, Don't You Ever Get Tired Of Hurting Me and many others.

In the studio, it was Jackson's job to bring out the best in a song - to help sell records. And he always got the job done. The music Tommy produced in the studio was magic - played to perfection with catchy intros, captivating melodies and flawless timing. He had a way of making the singer sound good and they loved him for it. Producers loved him because he had the ability to always "get it right" and play a song perfectly every time.

As a solo artist, Tommy recorded many popular albums for square dancers. These included his rendition of traditional and popular tunes, as well as a few of his own compositions. These and other recordings of Tommy's were frequently studied by other fiddlers of the day who loved his style. Aspiring young musicians just learning to play and industry professionals alike - they all wanted to sound just like Tommy Jackson.

Even today, it is not uncommon to hear musicians, singers, historians and other industry professionals in country music compare what Tommy Jackson did for the fiddle to what Earl Scruggs did for the banjo, or to what Chet Atkins did for the guitar. And many of those same individuals, will follow up by telling you that Tommy Jackson was indeed "the greatest commercial country fiddler of his time".

Tommy Jackson was inducted into the National Fiddler Hall of Fame in 2013.