March 4, 1950 - October 14, 2007
Ron Jackson was a fixture in the San Diego music scene as both a music teacher and performer for 35 years.
His first full-time band was Molly Stone's New Honkytonk Band, followed in succession during the 1970's by Squatters' Rites, Squatters' Last Rites, and Fancy Peaches, culminating in the formation of the Unstrung Heroes in 1981, which was still active until his death. He was also a member of the La Mirada Gutter Strutters jug band and performed from 1979-1985 with Gabe Ward, last performing member of the well-known Hoosier Hot Shots of the 1930's National Barn Dance. Ron also played rhythm guitar for Patsy Montana on her Southern California tours.
In the late 1970's, Mr. Jackson again acquired a clarinet, and began studying Eastern European clarinet styles, touring with San Diego's Big Jewish Band and Robboy's Jewish Orchestra from 1979 through 1993, playing both mandolin and clarinet. In 2000 he began performing with Dr. Steve Baird and the Opossums of Truth, and, until his death, taught music at Buffalo Bros. Guitars in Carlsbad in addition to performing solo and with the Unstrung Heroes and the Gutter Strutters.
There will be a memorial gathering in his honor at the Encinitas Senior Center from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. on Friday, October 26, 2007.
Ron Jackson will be greatly missed by all who knew him, loved him, and played music with him.