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Unknown facts of popular ‘American Idol’Judge – Randy Jackson

  • Randy Jackson is a multi-talented musical artist and a famous television personality best known as judge on “American Idol”.
  • Randy Jackson plays bass guitar, jazz, keyboard. He is also a singer, music critic, record producer and a television host.
  • Randy Jackson was born on June 23rd, 1956 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA.
  • Randy Jackson’s full name is Randall Darius “Randy” Jackson.
  • Randy Jackson’s father Herman Jackson is a foreman at local Exxon plant.
  • Randy Jackson spent most of his childhood evenings listening to live music or performing in local clubs.
  • Randy Jackson began playing music at the age of thirteen.
  • Randy Jackson graduated in music from Southern University in Baton Rouge in 1979.
  • Randy Jackson played jazz for drummer Billy Cobham for his two albums.
  • Randy Jackson is also known as Randy ‘The Emperor’ Jackson.
  • Randy Jackson appeared in free concerts and benefit shows.
  • Randy Jackson joined rock band “Journey” and played bass on their album “Frontiers” [1983] and “Raised on Radio” [1986].
  • Randy Jackson played bass for Bruce Springsteen’s albums “Human Touch” and “Lucky Town” both released in 1992.
  • Randy Jackson played bass guitar for Tracy Chapman’s 1992 album “Matters of the Heart”.
  • Randy Jackson helped “Journey” front man Steve Perry in knitting a band for his solo album “For the Love of Strange Medicine” released in 1994.
  • Randy Jackson played keyboard and bass on Whitney Houston’s first two albums.
  • Randy Jackson performed on Celine Dion’s first English-language album “Unison”.
  • Randy Jackson played bass on Bob Dylan’s albums “Down in the Groove” and “Under the Red Sky”.
  • Randy Jackson performed with Carlos Santana and Jerry Garcia.
  • Randy Jackson joined Italian pop star Zucchero and produced one of Zucchero’s biggest hits, “Donne”.
  • Randy Jackson has been the musical director for Mariah Carey on her several tours. He also played in her band at Live 8 in London in 2005.
  • Randy Jackson played bass for Madonna on her #1 hit “Like a Prayer”.
  • Randy Jackson also played for several high-profile artists Jean-Luc Ponty, Aretha Franklin, Roger Waters, George Michael, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Blue Oyster Cult, Herbie Hancock, Richard Marx, Billy Joel, Michael Bolton, Billy Joel, Narada Michael Walden, Bon Jovi, Walter Afanasieff, Kenny G, Elton John, and Beyonce’s “Destiny’s Child”.
  • Randy Jackson was a vice president of A&R at Columbia Records for eight years.
  • Randy Jackson was a senior vice president of A&R at MCA Records for four years.
  • Randy Jackson was the manager of a seven-member “Papertongues” band based in Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • Randy Jackson in 2002 has signed a deal with Fox Channel to be a judge on their up & coming talent hunt show “American Idol”.
  • Randy Jackson has been the judge along with Simon Cowell and pop star Paula Abdul on “American Idol” for seven continuous seasons beginning in 2002.
  • Randy Jackson would also continue to be the judge for the eighth season of “American Idol” beginning in January 2009.
  • Randy Jackson shot to international fame since he became a judge on “American Idol” in 2002.
  • Randy Jackson has become famous for his slang term ‘Dawg’ while pronouncing judgments at “American Idol”.
  • Randy Jackson published a book, “What’s Up Dawg: How to Become a Superstar in the Music Business”.
  • Randy Jackson is also the most loved judge of the three for his amiable spirit and encouraging words to the despairing contestants.
  • Randy Jackson married singer-songwriter Elizabeth in 1990 and divorced shortly before 1995. They together have a daughter named Taylor.
  • Randy Jackson later married Erika Riker. They together have two children named Zoe and Jordan.
  • Randy Jackson is not related to the pop singing sensation Michael Jackson, whose brother is also named Randy.
  • Randy Jackson is not related to actor Samuel L. Jackson either.
  • Randy Jackson had bypass surgery for gastric problems and lost 100 pounds.
  • Randy Jackson has also written ‘Love me sexy’ for Will Farrel film “Semi-pro”.
  • Randy Jackson hosts a Westwood syndicated radio top 40 countdown known as “Randy Jackson’s Hit List”.
  • Randy Jackson produced and released an album entirely by himself titled “Randy Jackson’s Music Club, Vol. 1″.
  • Randy Jackson’s single ‘Dance Like There’s No Tomorrow’ was sung by Paula Adbul, a fellow judge at “American Idol”.
  • Randy Jackson produced talent hunt group dance program “America’s Best Dance Crew” in February 2008. The show completed its two seasons and would begin its third season in October of 2008.
  • Randy Jackson received two Grammy nominations at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards.
  • Randy Jackson currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three children.

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