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Also Known As: Randall Darius Jackson Died:
Born: June 23, 1956 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA Profession: record producer, actor, musician

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After an already impressive 20-year career as a musician, producer and record label executive, Randy Jackson achieved worldwide fame as one of the judges on the hit musical talent competition "American Idol" (Fox, 2002- ). Coming out of the rich musical heritage of Louisiana, Jackson established himself as freelance "gun for hire," playing bass guitar for names like Santana and super group Journey for several years. Soon he began working as a producer for such high-profile acts as Mariah Carey, 'N Sync and Whitney Houston. After several years as an A&R vice president at recording companies Columbia and MCA, Jackson was recruited as a judge for "American Idol," with whom he would share the table with singer Paula Abdul and acerbic music industry entrepreneur Simon Cowell. The show, hosted by ubiquitous broadcasting presence Ryan Seacrest, became a smash hit during its first season, going on to fulfill its promise of producing several bona fide pop stars; among them Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood. For his part, Jackson provided a much needed equilibrium in between the histrionic Abdul and gleefully nasty Cowell, with his good-natured critiques and signature exclamation of "Yo, Dawg!" Although...

After an already impressive 20-year career as a musician, producer and record label executive, Randy Jackson achieved worldwide fame as one of the judges on the hit musical talent competition "American Idol" (Fox, 2002- ). Coming out of the rich musical heritage of Louisiana, Jackson established himself as freelance "gun for hire," playing bass guitar for names like Santana and super group Journey for several years. Soon he began working as a producer for such high-profile acts as Mariah Carey, 'N Sync and Whitney Houston. After several years as an A&R vice president at recording companies Columbia and MCA, Jackson was recruited as a judge for "American Idol," with whom he would share the table with singer Paula Abdul and acerbic music industry entrepreneur Simon Cowell. The show, hosted by ubiquitous broadcasting presence Ryan Seacrest, became a smash hit during its first season, going on to fulfill its promise of producing several bona fide pop stars; among them Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood. For his part, Jackson provided a much needed equilibrium in between the histrionic Abdul and gleefully nasty Cowell, with his good-natured critiques and signature exclamation of "Yo, Dawg!" Although initially the least known of the judges, Jackson may actually have been the most uniquely qualified, and throughout several cast rotations, remained as the only original judge until the end of season 11. Talented and personable, Jackson's vast and varied experience in all aspects of the music industry had served him well.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Change of Plans (2011)
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 Soul Men (2008)
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 American Idol: The Phenomenon (2004) Interviewee
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Landed first big break at 17 when he played with 1960s icon John Fred and the Playboys
1983:
Played bass for Journey's album <i>Frontiers</i>; joined band for several tours
1985:
Joined an all-star band that featured Aretha Franklin and Keith Richards for the film "Jumpin' Jack Flash" (1986)
1985:
Played keyboard and bass on Whitney Houston's first two albums
1990:
Performed on Celine Dion's English-language debut <i>Unison</i>
1992:
Played bass on Bruce Springsteen's albums <i>Lucky Town</i> and <i>Human Touch</i>
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Named Vice President of A&R at Columbia Records; produced albums including Eddie Money's <i>Right Here</i> (1991) and Richard Marx's <i>Flesh and Bone</i> (1997)
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Served as Senior Vice President of A&R at MCA Records
2002:
Joined Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul on the panel of judges for reality competition series "American Idol" (Fox)
2003:
Underwent well-publicized gastric bypass surgery and subsequently lost over a hundred pounds
2006:
Named musical director for Mariah Carey's "Adventures of Mimi" tour
2008:
Executive produced dance competition series "Randy Jackson Presents America's Best Dance Crew" (MTV)
2008:
Released debut album <i>Randy Jackson's Music Club, Vol. 1</i>; lead single "Dance Like There's No Tomorrow" performed by Paula Abdul
2010:
Remained on judges' table after Simon Cowell left "American Idol'; joined by Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler for series' 10th season; Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, and Keith Urban replaced Lopez and Tyler in 2012
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Education

Southern University: Baton Rouge , Louisiana -

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