Leon Jackson

Born: April 20, 1927 Hamilton, AL

Died: July 11, 1989

He spent most of his adult life in Chicago and gained popularity as a world class banjo player in the 60's playing with Don Reno & Red Smiley, and other bands as well.  He was a recording artist for Cincinnati based King Records in the 50's and a songwriter for Ft. Knox Music Publishing.  His song, "Love Please Come Home," is a bluegrass classic recorded by everyone from Bill Monroe to the Grateful Dead. It was a radio hit for the duo Reno & Smiley in the early 60's and is a multimillion selling copyright.  He was a favorite at Bluegrass festivals until his death.

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

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