Dec 6, 2021
Melanie Johnson & Jenn Foster, owners of Elite Online Publishing, interview James McEachin about his experience as a veteran of the Korean War, an accomplished actor, and an award-winning author of his new book Swing Low My Sweet Chariot.
James McEachin is a Silver Star, Purple Heart veteran of the Korean War, an accomplished actor, and an award-winning author. Known as "Jimmy Mack" in the music industry, McEachin was a producer, songwriter, and eventually owner of the record label Mack IV best known for the doo-wop group, The Furys. Because of his long-held moniker in the industry, some speculate James McEachin to be the Jimmy Mack Martha (Reeves) and the Vandellas cried for in their hit song.
McEachin, having appeared in nearly 200 movies and television shows, is perhaps best known for his roles on Perry Mason, Matlock, Play Misty for Me, First Monday, and his NBC series Tenafly. He has authored six novels, multiple screenplays, and his one-man play, entitled Above the Call; Beyond the Duty which opened at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. The two-hour play has been seen in places as far away as Kuwait.
In 2005 McEachin was appointed a US Army Reserve Ambassador and spent his free time speaking to soldiers, veterans, and America. In late 2006 he produced the film-short Old Glory, a film short for the soldier, veteran, and patriot in us all. He continues to speak for the veterans who may no longer have a voice to speak for themselves.