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Chuck Jackson and Maxine Brown were both important, but ultimately second-division, soul stars in the 1960s. Most of the time they recorded as solo artists (see separate entries), but in the mid-'60s they teamed up for a couple of duet albums, as well as occasionally performing as a pair. Their cover of Chris Kenner's "Something You Got" was a Top Ten R&B hit in 1965, and a cover of Sam & Dave's "Hold On, I"m Coming" made the R&B Top 20 in 1967; they had a couple of other low-charting singles. Their records were pleasant but fairly lighweight New York pop/soul, dominated by covers and early material from the pens of Jo Armstead, Valerie Simpson, and Nick Ashford; they recorded a version of "Let's Go Get Stoned" before Ray Charles had a hit with it. Both Jackson and Brown are talented vocalists, but the best of their solo work outdistances their duet efforts by a significant margin. ~ Richie Unterberger