Springfield Music Legend Norman Jackson Dead at 68

The guitar of “The Soul Man” of Springfield has forever fallen silent.

Norman Jackson passed away April 12 at age 68.

Jackson’s musicianship was known worldwide as the leader of the Norman Jackson Band. Jackson’s band finished third in the prestigious International Blues Challenge in Memphis, and held an anniversary homecoming concert in Springfield on February 8 to celebrate “Norman Jackson Band Day.”

“He was always kind, and he was an enthusiastic and talented symbol of our music community,” Ray Ross, treasurer of the Blues Society of the Ozarks, posted on social media. “He will be missed by all who had the pleasure of meeting him or seeing him.”

“This man is a local legend, one of the most endearing people so many of us have ever known!” the owners of local pool hall Just One More posted on Facebook. “He was kind, inviting, could make you feel as though, you are the only person in the room. There was something very special about his heart and soul!”

“The last of the real authentic true blues player is singing hard in heaven,” drummer Richie Allen posted.

Jackson most recently was taking part in a duo called Vanity Box.

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