What in the World

Giovanni Dominico Scafone Jr (Jack Scott) was born on January 24, 1936, in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. He was the first white rock and roll national star to come out of Detroit, Michigan Scott's family moved across the river to Hazel Park, a Detroit suburb. He grew up listening to hillbilly music and was taught to play the guitar by his father. After waxing two good-selling local hits for ABC-Paramount Records in 1957, he switched to the Carlton record label and had a double-sided national hit in 1958 with "Leroy"/"My True Love". Later in 1958, "With Your Love" reached the Top 40. In all, six of 12 songs on his first album became hit singles. At the beginning of 1960, Scott again changed record labels, this time to Top Rank Records. He then recorded four Billboard Hot 100 hits - "Oh, Little One," "It Only Happened Yesterday," "What In the World's Come Over You" and "Burning Bridges." The latter two made it to the Top Five. Jack Scott had more U.S. singles (19), in a shorter period of time (41 months), than any other recording artist - with the exception of the Beatles. Jack wrote all of his own hits, except one: "Burning Bridges." Scott died of congestive heart failure on December 12, 2019 at the age of 83.
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