Randy Jackson

Music Producer / TV Personality

Born: 23 June 1956
Birthplace: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Best known as: Dawg-loving judge on American Idol
Randy Jackson is a former record company executive who joins Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul on the panel of judges for the television talent contest American Idol. Jackson is a music industry insider who has been in the business since the early 1980s, as a performer, producer and businessman. He was a temporary bass player for Journey in 1983 and 1986, and he spent many years as an executive with Columbia Records and MCA Records. Since 2002 Jackson has been on American Idol, where he is famous for peppering his pronouncements with the slang term "dawg." In 2003 he had gastric bypass surgery, and by the beginning of the show's 2004 season he had lost more than 100 pounds.
Extra credit: In 2003 Jackson published the how-to guide What's Up Dawg?: How to Become a Superstar in the Music Business.

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