born on 10/5/1944 in Wallasey, Merseyside, United Kingdom
died on 16/9/2013 in Wallasey, Merseyside, United Kingdom
John Richard 'Jackie' Lomax (10 May 1944 15 September 2013) was an English guitarist and singer-songwriter, best known for his association with George Harrison and Eric Clapton. Born in Wallasey, Cheshire, England, he later resided in Ojai, California, United States, with his wife, Annie (previously Norma Richardson), mother of fashion photographer Terry Richardson.
Lomax was a member of Dee and the Dynamites, The Undertakers, The Lomax Alliance, Heavy Jelly and Badger. He worked with The Tea Bags, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Leon Russell and Nicky Hopkins.
Life and career
In January 1962, Jackie Lomax left Dee and the Dynamites to join the Merseybeat band, The Undertakers. They followed The Beatles' route through local venues before setting out for Hamburg, Germany, and securing a recording contract. They signed with Pye Records and released four singles, but they only managed one week on the UK Singles Chart between them. In 1965 they decided to try their luck in the United States.
Lomax spent two years in the US with The Undertakers and a couple of other groups. In 1967, Brian Epstein took his latest line-up, The Lomax Alliance, back to the UK to showcase them at London's Saville Theatre. He arranged for a single and an album to be recorded, and they signed to CBS before Epstein's death. During that period, CBS released two Lomax Alliance singles and one Jackie Lomax solo single. More than enough tracks for an album were recorded but it was never released.
After Epstein's death, The Beatles' new record label, Apple Records, took over responsibility for Lomax's recording career, and George Harrison became involved in production. Despite having three-quarters of The Beatles on the record, plus Eric Clapton and Nicky Hopkins, Lomax's debut single on Apple the Harrison-penned "Sour Milk Sea" made little impression commercially. Lomax and Harrison recorded the remainder of the Is This What You Want? album in Los Angeles, with Hal Blaine and other members of the Wrecking Crew; but as with the concurrent single, the Lomax produced "New Day", success remained elusive when the album was released in early 1969. A final Apple single followed, a cover version of "How the Web Was Woven" featuring Leon Russell. By 1970, The Beatles' breakup left the remaining Apple Records artists in limbo.
After leaving Apple, Lomax joined a band called Heavy Jelly with bassist Alex Dmochowski, guitarist John Moorshead, and drummer Carlo Little. They released a single on Head Records ("Chewn In" / "Time Out", Head HDS4001, 1969). During this period a Heavy Jelly album entirely consisting of Lomax songs was recorded, but was only issued for promotional purposes and never released commercially due to contractual issues with Apple. In December 2013 it was announced that after his untimely death in Autumn 2013 his family has resolved all those issues with Apple amicably and they have given their approval for the album to be released on CD at last, which will be released by Angel Air Records on 10th March 2014.
In 1971, Lomax returned to the US to live and work in Woodstock, New York. He signed to Warner Bros. Records and reunited with members of the Lomax Alliance and The Undertakers. They returned to the recording studio but the two albums released, Home is in My Head and Three, failed to sell.
Disappointed with his lack of success, Lomax returned to the UK at the end of 1973. He joined Badger, a progressive rock band originally formed by ex-Yes keyboard player Tony Kaye, and turned them into a R&B and soul band he had used on his solo albums. The band became a vehicle for Lomax's songs and singing but was short-lived, releasing only one album, the Allen Toussaint-produced White Lady, on Epic Records.
Lomax crossed the Atlantic again to resume his solo career and Capitol Records signed him in 1975. He released two Capitol albums, Livin' for Lovin' and Did You Ever Have That Feeling? before leaving the label in 1977. The latter set was only released in the UK.
The 1980s were a quiet time in Lomax's career. In the mid-1980s he played guitar and sang background vocals on demos for various artists, produced by his friend Patrick Landreville. He briefly played with The Tea Bags, an Los Angeles based group which included Ian Wallace, Kim Gardner, Mick Taylor, Brian Auger, Terry Reid, Peter Banks, Graham Bell and David Mansfield amongst others. In the 1990s, he spent time playing with other British artists on America's West Coast, and he toured as the bassist for The Drifters, The Diamonds, and The Coasters. In California, particularly Ventura County, Lomax played live with a succession of line-ups including Tom Petty, drummer Randall Marsh, Jim Calire, Patrick Landreville and Mitch Kashmar.
In 2001, Lomax completed the recording of his first solo album since 1977, The Ballad of Liverpool Slim. 2002 saw him continuing to play on the West Coast of America. In 2003, he made a return to The Cavern in Liverpool, where his career began more than 40 years earlier. In 2004, Lomax was a guest on the 'BeatlesandBeyond' Radio Show in Walsall, hosted by Pete Dicks. Dicks later wrote the sleeve notes for, and organised, the UK release of Lomax's The Ballad of Liverpool Slim...and Others album. Lomax returned to Liverpool on several occasions, playing in the Liverpool pub in James Street.
Percy Sledge included Lomax's song, "Fall Inside Your Eyes", on his 2004 album, Shining Through The Rain.
During the last few years Jackie was a regular visitor to Parrjazz at Studio 2, Liverpool where his wonderful music was always warmly appreciated by an enthusiastic audience.
On 13 April 2012, Lomax played on the 50th Anniversary of the Hamburg based Star-Club in the Kaiserkeller, with the Star Club All-Star-Band plus Brian Griffiths (Big Three), Bobby Thompson (Dominoes) and Joe Fagin (Strangers) and also with The Undertakers.
On 15 September 2013, Jackie Lomax died on the Wirral Peninsula while staying in England for the wedding of one of his children.
- The Undertakers Unearthed 1963-65
- The Lomax Alliance and CBS Recordings 1966-1967
- Is This What You Want? 1969 No. 145 US
- Heavy Jelly 1970
- Home Is In My Head 1971
- Three 1972
- "White Lady" / "Badger" 1974
- Livin' For Lovin' 1976
- Did You Ever Have That Feeling? 1977
- True Voices (Various Artists) 1991
- The Ballad of Liverpool Slim 2001 & 2004
- The Ballad of Liverpool Slim...and Others (Angel Air Records)
- Against All Odds (Angel Air Records) 2014 
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- Official site
- Jackie Lomax at the Internet Movie Database
- Jackie Lomax at artistdirect.com
- Los Angeles Times Obituary
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