"Sour Milk" became sour grapes as the Beatles split, the Apple label disintegrated and Jackie was left to wonder just how successful the album had been having never received an accounting from the label.
Undaunted, Jackie assembled a group called Heavy Jelly, recorded one album and did some touring with the group. But he was growing weary of England and decided to move to America, where he made his home in the upstate New York town of Woodstock, a mountain resort that was just beginning to gain notoriety as an "artist's community." Under contract with Warner Brothers, he recorded two albums-the self-produced Home Is In My Head, and his third 1p, aptly titled Three. While neither of these was very successful in terms of sales, the Home album spawned a couple of "turntable hits"-"Helluva Woman" and the title track, which Jackie describes as his attempt at being clever:
"In every line of the song, there's the name of a place in England ... I thought I was being clever, using these names out of context ... 'I have dived into a black pool' . well Blackpool is a place near Liverpool ... but in America, nobody knew all these names-they thought it
was such a strange song, but they liked the beat!"
The beat was further emphasis on and refinement of Jackie's r & b influences:
"I could pull off songs on that album which arc in the same kind of vein as what I'm still doin' ... maybe not as developed, but pointing that way-into the funkier thing, more than the heavy rock side ... the next album I made (Three) had a lot of brass on it . I had Bernard Purdy on drums ... we mixed the rhythm section very low, but it still had a tendency to be funky, even though it leaned more to the rock side."
In 1974, two years after Three, Jackie was recovering from a mystery illness and getting ready to drive across the country when he got a call from Dave Foster asking him to join a group called Badger, which would also feature keyboardist Tony Kaye, bassist Kim Gardner and drummer Roy Dyke--an alleged "supergroup":
"I'd been quite ill with this weird disease that nobody could work out
spots all over me and a high fever ... I was suffering real bad, and the doctor put the house in quarantine, which didn't help ... -I decided that as soon as I got better, we'd split and drive across the states ... bought a bus, fitted it out and packed it in a week ... the night before we were leaving, I get this call about Badger ... I said, 'Look,
I'm goin' on this trip; you've gotta give me three weeks, then I'll give you a dicision' ... so they called me again when I got to L.A. I told them I'd checked out some people here, and I was going to San Francisco to check out some more people there and to call me again in San Francisco
. but I kept getting the 'later' sign from all these people, so when Badger called me in San Francisco, they said, 'You want it? There's a ticket at the airport' • . I left