|Birth name||Jack Leroy Wilson, Jr.|
|Also known as||Mr. Excitement, The Black Elvis|
|Born||June 9, 1934|
|Died||January 21, 1984 (aged 49)|
Mount Holly, New Jersey,
|Genres||R&B, soul, pop|
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. 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. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Jackie Wilson #68 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time Archived 2012-02-22 at WebCite. 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]
|US Billboard Hot 100||US R&B||UK Singles Chart|
|"To Be Loved"||22||7||23|
|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||-|
|"Alone at Last"||8||-||50|
|"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||-|
|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"
|1970||"(I Can Feel These Vibrations) This Love is For Real"||-||9||-|
|1972||"I Get the Sweetest Feeling"
|1975||"I Get the Sweetest Feeling" /
"(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher"
|1987||"I Get the Sweetest Feeling"
|"(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher"
(UK second re-release)
Hit albums[change | change source]
|US Pop||US R&B|
|Merry Christmas from Jackie Wilson||6||*|
|1967||Higher and Higher||-||28|
|1968||Manufacturers of Soul||-||18|
References[change | change source]
- "Jackie Wilson (American singer)". britannica.com. Retrieved 30 December 2009.
- Jackie Wilson at AllMusic
- "Jackie Wilson". rockhall.com. Retrieved 30 December 2009.
- "The Immortals: The First Fifty". Rolling Stone Issue 946. Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2008-06-25. Retrieved 2017-08-31.
- 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]
- Jackie Wilson on IMDb
- Jackie Wilson at history-of-rock.com
- Jackie Wilson Tribute Artist
- Jackie Wilson at Find a Grave
- The Rise and Fall of Jackie Wilson Archived 2014-10-26 at the Wayback Machine
- Spinning Soul.com -The Tragic Life of Jackie Wilson
- Jackie Wilson on the Soul Patrol website Archived 2010-07-01 at the Wayback Machine
- The Soul Guy website: Jackie Wilson Archived 2014-02-25 at the Wayback Machine
- Jackie Wilson: "A history in pictures" from the Soulwalking U. K. website
- Brunswick Records Album Discography (including Jackie Wilson) Archived 2011-06-17 at the Wayback Machine
- Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Archived 2011-02-06 at the Wayback Machine
- Hear Jackie Wilson (music and interviews) on the Pop Chronicles (1969).