One last shout-out for the Lads at Wembley tomorrow – or last but one since another piece, by Lars Knutsen, is now scheduled for later today – means, this time, one last sing-out (there’s no music from Lars).
Jackson C Frank was an American troubadour with a desperately sad childhood behind him – he survived a terrible school fire at 11 that killed several classmates – and pitched up on the London folk scene at the end of the 1960s, already spending his way through the compensation he received on reaching adulthood.
He wrote several excellent songs and at least one classic, Blues Run The Game, which popped up again in a 2018 film, The Old Man and the Gun, starring Robert Redford, Casey Affleck, Danny Glover, Tika Sumpter, Tom Waits and Sissy Spacek. Sadly his life proceed from one calamity to another and he died at 56.
I like to think Jackson would have nodded with approval at the adaptation of his tune by our illustrator Jake – aka John Clark, the Mackem part of duo out in Spain – ahead of Sunday’s League One playoff final. The words, of course, are Jake’s.
He has done a canny job and the song is worth a listen.
Ha’way the Lads at Wembley.