Oct. 10, 1943 - May 7, 2014 Groves, TX
Jerry Wayne "Count Jackson" LaCroix was
born in Alexandria, Louisiana, on October 10,
1943. In 1947, his family moved to Port Arthur,
and later Groves. He attended Port Arthur and
Groves schools, and graduated from
Port Neches-Groves High School in 1961. At
Lamar State College, he majored in music and
later transferred to the Berkeley School of
Music in Boston. LaCroix left Berkeley to
pursue a career as a musician.
A singer, saxophonist, and harmonica player,
he was a member of Blood, Sweat, and Tears,
White Trash, Rare Earth, and the Boogie
Kings. LaCroix first joined the Boogie Kings
at age 14 and toured with them extensively in
Europe, Australia, and the Philippines. He also
played with Edgar Winter from the time they
were both relatively young, contributing to the
albums White Trash and Roadwork.
LaCroix earned a gold record in 1972 for
Roadwork. He is credited with work on
nine albums for Epic and Mercury Records.