Jackie Wilson

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Jackie Wilson
Jackie Wilson 1961.jpg
Jackie Wilson in 1961
Background information
Birth nameJack Leroy Wilson, Jr.
Born(1934-06-09)June 9, 1934
Detroit, Michigan,
United States
DiedJanuary 21, 1984(1984-01-21) (aged 49)
Mount Holly, New Jersey,
United States
GenresR&B, soul, pop
OccupationsSinger-songwriter, musician
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1953–75
LabelsDeeGee Records
King Records
Federal Records
Brunswick Records
Associated actsBilly Ward and His Dominoes
WebsiteOfficial site

Jack Leroy "Jackie" Wilson, Jr. (June 9, 1934 – January 21, 1984) was an American singer and performer. He was called "Mr. Excitement". Wilson helped to change rhythm and blues into soul. He was a master showman, and a dynamic singers.[1][2] He was a member of the R&B vocal group Billy Ward and His Dominoes. On his own, beginning in 1957, he recorded over 50 hit singles. These songs included R&B, pop, soul, doo-wop and easy listening. During a 1975 benefit concert, he collapsed on-stage from a heart attack. Then he fell into a coma. The coma lasted nearly nine years until his death in 1984. By then, he had become one of the most influential artists of his generation.

A two-time Grammy Hall of Fame Inductee, Jackie Wilson was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.[3] In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Jackie Wilson #68 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.[4] At the 1984 Grammy Awards Michael Jackson dedicated his Album of the Year Grammy for Thriller to Wilson. After this Tarnapol released the first Wilson album in nearly nine years.

Discography[change | change source]

For a detailed listing of singles and albums, see Jackie Wilson discography.

Hit singles[change | change source]

Year Title Chart positions
US Billboard Hot 100 US R&B UK Singles Chart[5]
1957 "Reet Petite" 62 - 6
"To Be Loved" 22 7 23
1958 "Lonely Teardrops" 7 1 -
1959 "That's Why (I Love You So)" 13 2 -
"I'll Be Satisfied" 20 6 -
"You Better Know It" 37 1 -
"Talk That Talk" 34 3 -
1960 "A Woman, a Lover, a Friend" 15 1 -
"Night" 4 - -
"Alone at Last" 8 - 50
"Doggin' Around" 15 1 -
"Am I the Man" - 10 -
"(You Were Made For) All My Love" - - 33
1961 "My Empty Arms" 9 - -
"The Tear of the Year" - 10 -
"I'm Comin' on Back to You" 19 9 -
1963 "Baby Workout" 5 1 -
1966 "Whispers (Gettin' Louder)" 11 5 -
1967 "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher" 6 1 -
1969 "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher"
(UK re-release)
- - 11
1970 "(I Can Feel These Vibrations) This Love is For Real" - 9 -
1972 "I Get the Sweetest Feeling"
(UK re-release)
- - 9
1975 "I Get the Sweetest Feeling" /
"(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher"
(UK re-release)
- - 25
1986 "Reet Petite"
(UK re-release)
- - 1
1987 "I Get the Sweetest Feeling"
(UK re-release)
- - 3
"(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher"
(UK second re-release)
- - 15

Hit albums[change | change source]

Year Title Chart positions
US Pop US R&B
1963 Baby Workout 36 *
Merry Christmas from Jackie Wilson 6 *
1966 Whispers - 15
1967 Higher and Higher - 28
1968 Manufacturers of Soul - 18

References[change | change source]

  1. "Jackie Wilson (American singer)". britannica.com. Retrieved 30 December 2009.
  2. Jackie Wilson at AllMusic
  3. "Jackie Wilson". rockhall.com. Retrieved 30 December 2009.
  4. "The Immortals: The First Fifty". Rolling Stone Issue 946. Rolling Stone.
  5. Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 606. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.

Other websites[change | change source]