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Terry Jacks – “Seasons In The Sun”

Music | December 17, 2018

Photo of Terry Jacks UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970: Photo of Terry Jacks Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Musician, Terry Jacks, was not born in the United States but he sure left his mark here.  Jacks was born in Canada but quickly became a sensation here in the States with his folksy style of music. He began playing guitar as a teenager and eventually formed his first band at the age of 18.

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Terry Jacks’s first band was called, The Chessmen, and they boasted four top-ten hits in their native Canada between 1964 and 1968.

After The Chessmen went their separate ways, Jack and Susan Pesklevits (who he later married) formed another group called, The Poppy Family. Also included in that group were Craig McCaw and Satwant Singh. This group was on the road to success as The Chessmen had been at one time. They had several international hits, one of the biggest hits being, Which Way You Goin’ Billy?

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Which Way You Goin’ Billy? Earned Terry Jacks a Gold Leaf award in 1970.

Terry Jacks was and is a talented man who wore many (proverbial) hats. He chose to pursue a career in music, much to his parents’ disliking. They had their minds set on their son becoming an architect. That, however, did not interest him. He pursued the thing he loved, music!

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Jacks, at one time, was a hippie and environmentalist in addition to being a singer, songwriter, and record producer but is probably best remembered for his hit, Seasons In The Sun.

Ironically, Seasons In The Sun was initially a record production project for Terry Jacks. The song was initially meant for the Beach Boys. The group actually went as far as to record it but, for some reason, decided not to release it. Later, in 1973, Jacks decided he would record the now iconic song under is own record label, Goldfish Records.

Jacks released his version of Seasons In The Sun in December 1973 and it hit the Billboard Hot 100 just one month later.

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Seasons In The Sun sold 14 million singles worldwide and was considered the most successful international single by a Canadian artist at the time.

This epic, folksy song hit it big with fans and music lovers all over the world. It actually earned Terry Jacks two Juno awards. Seasons In The Sun became one of the best-selling Canadian singles ever released.

Jack’s version of Seasons In The Sun was ranked the No. 2 song of the year for 1974 by Billboard.

The song was created as a result of a re-write of Rod McKuen’s, Le moribund, by a Belgian singer named, Jacques Brel. It was written in 1962 and adapted by McKuen in 1965. At the time, no one could have known how successful it would become. After being adapted twice, once by McKuen and once by Jacks, it bore little resemblance to the original version.

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Terry Jacks is much older now. No worries though because he still has that passion. Jacks even released a German version of Seasons In The Sun. He reportedly still gets requests for the song that made him famous.

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Rebeka Knott

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Rebeka grew up in the 1960’s & 1970’s and has always subscribed to the theory that a positive attitude will take you far! She is a wife and mother of 3 with a fun-loving spirit, believing that family and relationships are invaluable.