To the family of Leo Jackson and his many fans:

I was very saddened by the passing of Leo on May 4, 2008.

My thoughts go back to those Sundays when Jim and Leo would come to our home for Sunday dinner-how they both appreciated my mother's good country cooking. After a night at the Louisiana Hayride, they must have found those Sundays as a special day of relaxation and fun. Between my dad and Jim, there were many funny stories around the table-they were both great story tellers.

John Rex and Leo in studio-Nashville, 1980s.
I was very impressed with the loyalty that Leo always had for Jim. I heard Jim say more than once that no matter what band member failed to show at an appearance, if Leo was there, they could pull it off. In the music business this is very rare. Leo was very talented and helped Jim develop his career as a legend in music.
We will all certainly miss him.

With heartfelt condolences,
John Rex