But It's Alright

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"But It's Alright"
But It's Alright - J.J. Jackson.jpg
Single by J.J. Jackson
Released 1966
Length 2:55
Label Warner Bros.-Seven Arts
Songwriter(s) J.J. Jackson, Pierre Tubbs
Producer(s) Lew Futterman

"But It's Alright" is a song co-written by J.J. Jackson and Pierre Tubbs that became a hit on the pop and soul charts in both 1966 and 1969. The song was later covered by Huey Lewis and the News, among others.


Described as being "driven by one of the catchiest guitar hooks in the history of rock & roll and a devastating vocal performance",[1] the song was first released by Calla Records in 1966. Subsequent to acquiring the Calla Records catalogue, Warner Bros. Records re-released the song in 1969.

The single was recorded in the United Kingdom, and was one of the first R & B hit singles to have been recorded in England.[2] The song featured some of Britain's top jazz musicians of the day, including Terry Smith on guitar, Dick Morrissey on tenor sax and John Marshall on drums.[3]

When first released in 1966, the song reached number 22 on the Billboard charts. When re-released in May 1969, the reached number 45, and remained on the charts for nine weeks.[4] A Spanish version of the song was also recorded by Jackson and released in 1969.[5]

Cover versions[edit]

Brother Jack McDuff, with David "Fathead" Newman, covered "But It's Alright", as an instrumental version, on their 1967 album Double Barrelled Soul. The song was also released as a single.[6] The song was also covered in 1967 by Eddie Floyd and included on Floyd's Knock on Wood album. In 1981, Australian band Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons covered the song, which was released as a single from their Step Lively album.[7][8] In 1994, the song was covered by Huey Lewis and the News and included on the album Four Chords & Several Years Ago. The Lewis 1994 cover was also released as a single, including both studio and live versions of the song.[9]


  1. ^ John Bush, Review of "But It's Alright"; AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-09-22.
  2. ^ Back Tracking; ska2soul. Retrieved 2017-08-09.
  3. ^ Smith and Morrissey would later co-found the successful jazz-rock band If.
  4. ^ Joe Troiano, Review of "But It's Alright"; Joe T's Soda Shop. Retrieved 2017-11-02.
  5. ^ Particulars of "Pero Esta Bien"/"No Esta Bien"; Discogs. Retrieved 2017-09-29. Being Spanish versions of "But It's Alright" and "That Ain't Right".
  6. ^ Brother Jack McDuff Quintet feat. David Newman - But It's Alright; Funky16Corners. Retrieved 2017-09-27.
  7. ^ Particulars of "But It's Alright"; Discogs. Retrieved 2017-09-20. The single release included a spoken intro on one side, and the song on the other.
  8. ^ Particulars of Step Lively; Discogs. Retrieved 2017-09-27.
  9. ^ Particulars of "But It's Alright"; Discogs. Retrieved 2017-09-27. EP CD single, released in Germany, on Elektra Records.