(WINDSOR, ON) – A Windsor resident says he has written to Windsor mayor Drew Dilkens seeking a little recognition for one of North America’s greatest singer/songwriters. Windsor native, Jack Scott, aka Giovanni Domenico Scafone Jr, was defined as, “undeniably the greatest Canadian rock and roll singer of all time,” when he was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2011.
Although born in Windsor, Scott easily settled into Detroit at the age of ten and began gaining attention, “as the first white rock and roll star to come out of the Motor City.” His career took off when he was signed by Carlton records in 1958. He also recorded under the Top Rank and Capitol record labels.
His 1958 My True Love charted at the No. 3 spot on the US hit parade and fifth spot on the US R&B chart.
Scott’s biography, on the Canadian Hall of Fame website, talks of how he was a master able to move seamlessly between musical genres. It also mentions that he had more US singles (19) in a shorter period of time (41 months) than any other recording artist other than the Beatles. Most of his recorded music was self-written.
His back-up band on almost all of his recordings, except one, was Windsor’s The Chantones. Each member of the powerful local group was a vocalist, a rarity among rock and roll bands. The line-up consisted of Roy Lesperance, Jim Nantais, Frank Menard, Orville Marentette, Larry Desjarlais, and Jack Grenier.
Scott’s original band, formed when he was 18, was known as the Southern Drifters. Although signed by ABC-Paramount Records in 1957, it wasn’t until a year later, when he switched to Carlton, that his tally of record sales started being counted in the millions, particularly his hit What in the World’s Come Over You.
Additional accolades include induction into the Michigan Country Hall of Fame in 2004 and The Rockabilly Hall of Fame in Jackson, TN, in 2006.
Scott was such a Hank William’s fan that in 1960 he released his own versions of a number of Williams’ songs.
Movie goers have heard some of Scott’s music in the films Natural Born Killers and Diner. A wide range of famed artists have covered his tunes including Sonny James, Tom Jones, Wanda Jackson, Eddie Arnold, The Cramps, and Robert Gordon.
By the time of publication, Dilkens had not responded to the request.