Grammy-Winning Composer, Singer and Pianist, Joe Jackson, Inducted to Guildhall's Wall of Fame
Grammy-Winning Composer, Singer and Pianist, Joe Jackson, Inducted to Guildhall's Wall of Fame

Grammy-Winning Composer, Singer and Pianist, Joe Jackson, Inducted to Guildhall's Wall of Fame

Portsmouth Guildhall is delighted to announce that another of the city’s most successful musicians, Joe Jackson, was today inducted to their Wall of Fame in recognition of his contribution to the music industry.

Jackson, born in Burton on Trent in 1954, grew up in Portsmouth where he played with various local bands including Arms & Legs which released two singles, before recording his first album here which was re-recorded for A&M Records and released in 1979 as Look Sharp, including the single Is She Really Going Out with Him?

Jackson’s commercial peak came in the 1980s with his album Night & Day and single Steppin’ Out which was followed by a diverse career from writing film music for Francis Ford Coppola to an acclaimed book about music disguised as a memoir, A Cure for Gravity.

As a Grammy-winning composer, singer, pianist and graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, Jackson has never stopped touring and in 2016 played at Portsmouth’s New Theatre Royal.

Portsmouth Guildhall’s Wall of Fame was introduced in 2014 to honour artists who have achieved great success and whose work has reached out to millions, creating immense joy and entertainment.

Artists invited to join the Wall of Fame have either a local or long-standing connection with the Guildhall and Joe Jackson will sit in the company of The Osmonds, Genesis’ Steve Hackett, Mark King of Level 42, Foreigners’ Mick Jones, Musical Director and keyboard player for Queen; Spike Edney, Manfred Mann’s Paul Jones, The Godfather of British Blues; John Mayall, bands; Simon Dupree and The Big Sound and Gentle Giant and Portsmouth born, Julia Fordham.

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