Canadian country singer from New Brunswick.
Born: Fred Melanson - August 25, 1939 - Minto, New Brunswick, CANADA
Fred Melanson was adopted by his aunt and uncle Lizianne and Johnny Richard; and was inspired to pursue a career in music by his "brothers", Willie and Gerald Richard (aka Jerry Rich). At age 17 he moved to Toronto where he teamed up with fellow New Brunswicker Johnny Bourque (aka Johnny Burke, honing their musical talents at various Jamborees and talent contests.
In 1966, as a devotee of the music of Nashville star Stonewall Jackson, Fred Melanson took on the stage name of "Terry Jackson". He formed several country bands -- Terry Jackson & The NB Two", and Terry Jackson & The Echo Valley Boys.
By the early 1970's Terry Jackson was signed to a recording deal with Canadian independent label Paragon Records
(a Division of Marathon Records), and proceeded to record and release three albums; "Nashville Bum" (ALS-164); "Greener Pastures" (ALS-189) and "I'll Share My World With You" (ALS-291). Much of the material on the albums were cover versions of the Nashville hits of the day, Several singles were pulled from the albums including "Taken Again", and "Walking On The... Read More|
... Stars" (PA-1005), the latter a tune written by Edna Copithorn, which
was featured on the "Nashville Bum" album. At the time of release, independent artists in Canada were receiving very little radio airplay, and as a result none of Terry Jackson's single releases earned national chart action.
In 1976-78, Terry Jackson was featured on his own TV Show, "Country Music", aired over McLean/Hunter cable TV channels.