About Jack

The country duo of Jack Blanchard and his wife, Misty Morgan, placed 15 singles on the country charts between 1969-1975.

1969 saw their first charting hit, "Big Black Bird," which made its way into the Top 60. But it was 1970's "Tennessee Bird Walk" that would be their biggest and most memorable hit. The song hit the top of the country charts, did well on the pop charts, and even garnered a Grammy nomination.

Jack explains how his column got started:

"Before Misty Morgan and I had hit records, we entertained at an Orlando nightclub. I made a deal with a local newspaper to write a weekly column in return for a free ad for our club. The column spread to other publications and now has thousands of readers around the world." Jack Blanchard




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Duet of the Year (1970)


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CMA Finalists.

THE GANGSTER

Very few people are as good or as bad as the first impression. We can protect ourselves by being suspicious of new people, but our suspicion can bring out a derk side. Sometimes they will play whatever roll you write for them.

On the other hand, a bad guy can be a saint with us if we don't expect evil of him. He unconsciously tries to be whatever is expected of him. I know this from experience.

There was Joe M., a notorious gangster in Miami who treated me like a son. He was an elderly man who bore a strange resemblance to Edward G. Robinson. I played piano and managed two nightclubs for him. He was always more than fair with me. He even protected me from other mobsters.

I think the secret was this: I'd never heard of him. He just seemed to me like a nice old man, and he lived up to that image.

When I heard about his bloody and violent career, I couldn't just turn off the friendship. It was like the news stories were about somebody else. I heard all the stories, but he and I never discussed that side of his life. I kept up the pretense that I didn't know. We trusted each other.

Joe had a trick he liked to do for friends. He could take my shirt off with out removing my suitcoat. I still don't know how he did it.

He was old then and is surely dead by now, and he will always be a villain in the public memory, but if they ever ask me, I'll give him a good reference. He was nice to me.



© Jack Blanchard, 2018