After a decade of varying results working with other producers and other people's songs, Jackie Shane released her last 45, "New Way Of Lovin'" / "Cruel Cruel World", on the Paragon label in 1969. Billed as "A Jackie Shane Production", both tracks are by Jackie herself, revealing in the 11th hour theretofore unknown & remarkable skills as a songwriter.
The record, Jackie's rarest and most sought after, has special resonance for the artist. "Cruel Cruel World", the cosmically rocking blues lament on the flip, is presented here as Jackie's expression of solidarity with the Transgender Law Center. Jackie, who does not use the internet, loudly proclaimed her approval after hearing about Bandcamp's response to Donald Trump's recent proclamation on transgender persons in the military. Speaking on the president, who Jackie calls "a demented clown," and his misguided flock, Jackie exclaims, "We'll bring 'em into the century... Don't worry."
late 60's soul masterpiece - and rarest of the Jackie Shane singles, photo courtesy Domenic Tardibuono.