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Jacks, Susan

Origin: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Susan Jacks (born Susan Pesklevits, 19 August 1948, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada) is a Canadian singer–songwriter.

Susan Jacks was born to a family of eight children in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Her family moved to British Columbia when she was 9. Jacks began her professional career at 15 when she was asked to be a regular performer on the national Canadian television show, Music Hop. She also appeared on several other national television shows and regularly did live performances in the British Columbia and Alberta areas. She recorded her first single with two other well known Vancouver performers, Howie Vickers and Tom Northcott, under the name of "The Eternal Triangle".

In 1966, 18 year old Susan Pesklevits asked Terry Jacks to accompany her on guitar for an upcoming appearance. After performing a small number of dates, Craig McCaw was added on lead guitar, Susan eventually stopped performing as a solo artist, left the "Eternal Triangle" and dedicated her time to the newly formed trio. Susan and Terry married in 1967. Craig McCaw introduced Satwant Singh to the group and he soon joined the trio on tablas, forming The Poppy Family featuring Susan Jacks. The group, with Susan as lead vocalist, had a number of hits from 1968 through the early 1970s. "Which Way You Goin' Billy?" sold over 3 million copies worldwide, hitting No. 1 in Canada and No. 2 in the United States. "That's Where I Went Wrong" and "Where Evil Grows' also charted well on Billboard. They consequently followed up with numerous hits in Canada. Terry released Satwant Singh and Craig McCaw from the group in 1970 and, although the name Poppy Family was still used, Susan essentially became a solo singer, with the exception of one or two duets with Terry. She often performed their hits on numerous television shows including "Rollin' On The River", "The Bobby Darin Show" and "The George Kirby Special". Later, as a solo artist, she appeared on other television shows including "The Bobby Vinton Show" and numerous talk shows. She was also featured in a special called "Caught In The Act".



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