Giovanni Dominico Scafone Jr (Jack Scott) was born on January
24, 1936, in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. He was the first white rock and
roll national star to come out of Detroit, Michigan Scott's family moved
across the river to Hazel Park, a Detroit suburb. He grew up listening
to hillbilly music and was taught to play the guitar by his father.
After waxing two good-selling local hits for ABC-Paramount Records in
1957, he switched to the Carlton record label and had a double-sided
national hit in 1958 with "Leroy"/"My True Love".
Later in 1958, "With Your Love" reached the Top 40. In all,
six of 12 songs on his first album became hit singles. At the beginning
of 1960, Scott again changed record labels, this time to Top Rank
Records. He then recorded four Billboard Hot 100 hits - "Oh, Little
One," "It Only Happened Yesterday," "What In the
World's Come Over You" and "Burning Bridges." The latter
two made it to the Top Five. Jack Scott had more U.S. singles (19), in a
shorter period of time (41 months), than any other recording artist -
with the exception of the Beatles. Jack wrote all of his own hits,
except one: "Burning Bridges." Scott died of congestive heart
failure on December 12, 2019 at the age of 83.
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