Happy Birthday Joe Jackson
Joe Jackson was born David Ian Jackson in Stratfordshire, England, on this day in 1954. He grew up in Portsmouth, first learning to play the violin and then switching to piano. He became so enamored with the instrument, he was able to convince his father to have a piano moved into their home. By 16, he was honing his musical chops by playing in bars. Soon, he earned a scholarship to study musical composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Sometime during his days at the academy, young David Jackson started being called Joe. He earned the nickname because classmates thought he looked like the main puppet character on the U.K. series Joe 90. He was still known as David in his '70s band Edward Bear – which became Edwin Bear and then Arms & Legs. Around the time that Arms & Legs broke up (following two unsuccessful singles) in 1976, he became known professionally as Joe Jackson. more on this story
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