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Jackie DeShannon (born Sharon Lee Myers on August 21, 1944 in Hazel, Kentucky), is an American singer-songwriter with a string of hit song credits from the 1960s onwards. She was one of the first female singer-songwriters of the rock ‘n’ roll period. Sharon Myers adopted the name Jackie DeShannon, believed to be the name of an Irish ancestor. Executives at Liberty Records thought the name Sharon Myers would not help sell records. In a Fresh Air interview (June 14, 2010) , Jackie said that in discussion with the executives she chose “Jackie” as a cross gender name, since as she had a low voice she could be heard as either male or female, and as a male she was more attractive and more likely to sell to the mostly females who bought records at that time. When she found the initial... Read on...

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