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Tommy Jackson

Musician. Considered by many in the country music industry to be the first great Nashville session fiddler. In the 1950’s and 60’s he appeared on records by Hank Williams, Bill Monroe, Ray Price and George Jones to name a few. Touring with Johnny Wright and Kitty Wells at age 12 and making regular appearances on the Grand Ole Opry by 17 made him one of the youngest country musicians at the time. Tired of the grind of the road Jackson formed the first Nashville studio “A-team” with Zeke Turner, Jerry Byrd and Louis Innis. Recording with Hank Williams in 1947 he can be credited with the famous fiddle intro for “I Saw The Light” and later the backing for “Lovesick Blues.” His double-stop back-up technique which was later called the “walking fiddle” style became so popular with other fiddlers that by the 1970’s he had a hard time getting studio work. His death in 1979 was largely overlooked by the industry that he helped define. He was a veteran of WWII and awarded four Bronze Stars and a Air Medal serving as a tail gunner on a B-29.

Bio by: Kim Inboden


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  • Originally Created by: Kim Inboden
  • Added: 25 Oct 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 12164285
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Tommy Jackson (31 Mar 1926–9 Dec 1979), Find A Grave Memorial no. 12164285, citing Woodlawn Memorial Park and Mausoleum, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .