J. Blackfoot' is a
nickname John Colbert picked up during his boyhood years in
Memphis, Tennessee. He broke into the music business at age
nineteen as lead singer of a new line-up of The Barkays, whose
original members had died in the plane crash that also killed
Isaac Hayes and David Porter (famed for their Sam & Dave
productions) then recruited Blackfoot to sing lead in a new
vocal group, The Soul Children (who scored 15 R&B hits between
1968 and 1978).
After the group split up, Blackfoot began his career as a solo
artist, produced by Stax colleagues Homer Banks and Chuck
Brooks. Success came with the R&B smash 'Taxi´ followed by 'Just
One Lifetime.’ After the Banks and Brooks partnership ended,
former Stax keyboard maestro Lester Snell teamed with Homer
Banks, and Blackfoot’s output continued seamlessly with no
hiccup in quality or quantity.
J. Blackfoot died of cancer in November 2011. He was 65.
“What I remember more than anything about him was his
naturalness,” said Stax songwriting legend David Porter, who
discovered Blackfoot more than 40 years ago
“When I first heard him, there was naturalness in his phrasing,
in his charm, that was unique. He always stayed true to that.”
LocoBop’s vault contains around 60 tracks by J. Blackfoot, from
which we’ve released five albums prior to this one. We chose 12
of those tracks to “refresh” for Blackfoot’s old fans and to
hopefully engage many future fans as well.