The horns really drive the sound in this great 1966 single “I’ve Got to Be Strong” from Chuck Jackson on the Wand label, an imprint of Scepter:
Billboard predicted that “I’ve Got To Be Strong” would reach the Hot 100 chart in its October 22, 1966 edition. That same week, Cash Box picked the song as a “Best Bet,” calling it a “powerful, thumping R&B effort” that reached at least #37 in the R&B charts.
“I’ve Got To Be Strong” would also serve as track A1 on a 4-song EP released in France.
Song arranged and co-written by Thomas Jefferson “Tommy” Kaye, legendary hipster songwriter and producer who, in 1973, would produce the third album by Loudon Wainwright III (with the hit, “Dead Skunk“) and also Link Wray‘s Be What You Want To album, as well as his own 1973 debut LP, Thomas Jefferson Kaye.
“I’ve Got to Be Strong” — co-written by Johnny Northern and Ralph Bailey — can be found on Jackson’s Tribute to Rhythm And Blues Volume 2 LP from 1966.
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