Interview: Jackie Cain (Part 1) - JazzWax

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May 18, 2009


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Randy Sparks

Hello from Randy Sparks of The New Christy Minstrels. I would genuinely appreciate the kindness if somebody would get in touch with Jackie Cain and remind her that I was her opening act at The Purple Onion in San Francisco in December of 1954. I was Lloyd Sparks then, and I worked with a girl piano player named Lovella, Lloyd and Lovella. I became Randy Sparks and she became Carla Bley, wife of Paul Bley. Please ask her to visit my website:

 Bill Gode

Hi - My name is Bill Gode, and we were great fans of Jackie and Roy in Detroit at Bakers Keyboard Lounge until we moved to Iowa. Last time we saw them was at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans. Roy came down and visited, while Jackie did not feel well. I really want a copy of Jackie singing "Spring Can Really Hang You up the MOst". It was my wife's and mine song. She has since passed away. Just would like it for old times sake. I have most of their other records in vinyl and cd's. Jackie Ryan recently did it on a CD, but no one does it like Jackie Cain.

Dave Berk

Bill ----- Please send me your address and I'll record a custom compilation for you that will include at least three versions by J+R and two by Roy's sister, Irene:

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Tom Cappels

Hi - My name is Tom Cappels, and my wife and I have been great fans of Jackie and Roys since the 60's. The first time we saw them was qat Redante's in San Francisco, and we saw them several times at the Plush Room in San Francisco. I am so sad that Roy passes away (many years ago). Is Jackie still singing??


I had the priviledge of meeting Jackie and Roy here in Milwaukee around 1974 when they came through town with my friend Harvie S(wartz) on bass. Years later, I met them again when Jackie came back to clear up some matters regarding her late mother's estate. It was wonderful meeting them and having them sign their "Wilder Alias" album, on which they insisted on using Harvie. On that second meeting, I was playing the piano at the club Jackie and Roy were visiting, having been brought there by writer Mike Drew. I can't believe to this day that I had the nerve to play "Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most," very fast, in front of them. They were so kind! All of us love Jackie and Roy, and also the wonderful Irene Kral. Best wishes, Jackie! Thank you. Barry


Hello- I have an old cassette tape that a teacher had made for me years ago as a women vocals practice tape. The very first song is 'Lose Me Now" the lyrics start off with, 'If you want me around, like some bangle you found...'. I am wondering if you can tell me if Jackie Cain recorded it? And if possible who wrote the music and lyrics? I can not shake this tune for years now, nor can I track it down and with everything being digital now a days I am missing so much great music! Thank you very much for your help. Kim
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