Happy Birthday to Miklós József “Jackie” Orszáczky – born May 8, 1948

Happy Birthday to Miklós József “Jackie” Orszáczky – born May 8, 1948 – February 3, 2008.

Miklós József “Jackie” Orszáczky (8 May 1948, Budapest, Hungary – 3 February 2008, Sydney, Australia) was a Hungarian-Australian musician, arranger, vocalist and record producer. His musical styles included jazz, blues, R&B, funk and progressive rock; he mainly played bass guitar – from the early 1990s he used a modified piccolo bass – but also various other instruments. In 2006 Orszaczky was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Merit by the Hungarian government. Also that year Orszaczky was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and died on 3 February 2008, aged 59.

Early life

Jackie Orszaczky was born as Miklós József Orszáczky on 8 May 1948 in Budapest, Hungary. His father, László Orszáczky, was an engineer, his mother was Giselle, and his brother was László Orszáczky. His family lived in District VIII: Józsefváros (English: Josephtown) where, from the age of five, he studied classical piano and violin. Orszaczky preferred listening to his father’s Spanish and Afro-Cuban records and the local gypsy music. During the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 the Orszaczky family hid in their cellar for a week and emerged to see their home with bullet ridden walls and the local streets with dead bodies of people run over by tanks. Orszaczky was a member of his school’s 60-piece orchestra.

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