Randy Jackson was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. At age five, he started playing piano and guitar. Some of his earliest musical influences were musicians such as Les Paul and Mary Ford, The Beatles, The Allman Brothers, Cream, Jimi Hendrix, The Moody Blues, and Led Zeppelin. In 1973, Jackson met Felix Hanemann and later on with Guy Gelso they formed the band Zebra.
Jack Douglas, who is best known for working with John Lennon and Aerosmith, produced their first album titled Zebra. The album went gold and was the fastest selling debut album in the history of Atlantic Records at that time. Over the next few of years, Zebra opened for such rock legends as Aerosmith, Journey, ZZ Top, Loverboy, Cheap Trick, Sammy Hagar and REO Speedwagon. The band, Zebra, has produced five albums as well as five videos with combined sales of over two million.