Earnest (or Ernest on Bofuz) Jackson cut all his discs around the Baton Rouge, LA area so it’s a fair bet that that’s where he came from. Both his rare first two 45s for Bonnie Fussell’s Bofuz concern contain super deep sides. Our Love Will Always Be The Same is a dead slow ballad featuring some fine declamatory singing from Jackson. Love his “woith” for “worth” Louisiana intonation! The backing – especially the slightly erratic drummer - is endearingly “small label” but none the worse for that. A True Love Is Hard To Find is similar in both pace and fell and most likely was cut at the same session.
Although funk fans go for some of the sides he cut for John Fred's Stone the only one that I care for is Why Can’t I Love Somebody. This melodic and well arranged track has much higher production values than his previous efforts, and Jackson himself sounds more relaxed and mature in his delivery. Jackson’s final 45 for Royal Shield gets dance fans going but leaves me cold sadly.
as THE TYTANS
Our love will always be the same / It's you I love ~ JAY-J 3-729 (1964)
As ERNEST JACKSON & THE TYTANS
Our love will always be the same / It's you I love ~ BOFUZ 1101 (1964)
I miss you / A true love is hard to find ~ BOFUZ 1103 (1964/5)
As ERNEST JACKSON
Love and happiness / Hogwash ~ STONE 001 / 200 (1973)
Joy and affection / Inst ~ STONE 202 (1973)
Why can't I love somebody / Funky black man ~ STONE 203 (1974)
Reaching out for your love / My funny valentine ~ ROYAL SHIELD 110 (1980s)
Note ~ Greg Burgess writes to provide a link to Earnest's own webpage which you can find by clicking here. He has been working at Pinetta's Restaurant in Baton Rouge for over 35 years and is known as the "Singing Waiter". Thanks to Dave Turner for extra discographical info.