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Updated: May 16, 2013 6:47AM

JACKSON, Miss. — Songwriter George Jackson, co-author of “Old Time Rock and Roll” and hundreds of other soul and rock tunes, has died. He was 68.

Thomas Couch Sr., chairman of the board of Malaco Records, said Mr. Jackson died Sunday morning at his home in Ridgeland, a suburb of Jackson. Couch said Mr. Jackson had been sick with cancer for about a year.

Mr. Jackson was born in Indianola, Miss. He recorded dozens of singles starting in the 1960s, but made his mark as a writer, beginning with FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Ala.

The Osmonds recorded his “One Bad Apple” in 1970, taking it to No. 1.

Mr. Jackson and Thomas Jones III wrote “Old Time Rock and Roll,” which Bob Seger recorded in 1978.


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