Jackie Hairston – Hijack

Jackie Hairston - Hijack

I’ve got something rather different and unusual for you to enjoy today. This is a release by a jazz pianist called Jackie Hairston on the Atco label in 1967. What makes it so special (apart from it being a great tune) is the fact that it was written and produced by none other than the legend himself, Mr Otis Redding. What possessed the great man to pen a track like this is anyone’s guess and certainly given that Booker T & The MG’s played the music on almost all of his releases you’d wonder why it wasn’t them who he wrote the song for (you could imagine Booker T’s hammond all over this!!)

So, you’ve got a nice little organ led instrumental to feast your ears on. This is by no means a stomper or indeed one for the dancefloor but has a laid back cool groove about it. Recent times have seen this 45 gain a bit more populairty again (I’m led to believe it was popular enough in the 80s/early 90s mod scene but being too young I wouldn’t remember. ha!) As far as I know, Jackie Hairston played as a session musician for a number of artists but only released this one single under his own name. Thank god then for subsidiaries like Atco putting a 45 like this out as there would be plenty of great tracks we wouldn’t have the pleasure of hearing/owning otherwise!!

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