Singer Jackie Wilson
birth name: Jack Leroy Wilson

Jackie Wilson

June 9, 1934, Detroit, MI ~ January 21, 1984, Mount Holly, NJ

In the annals of black music history, Jackie Wilson remains one of the most important entertainers of the genre, a showman known as ‘Mr. Dynamite’ who influenced artists like Elvis Presley, a recording artist with close to fifty charted hits and arguably one of America's first black male superstars, rivaling Sam Cooke, Ray Charles and James Brown in terms of prominence and impact. ~ Soultracks: Jackie Wilson ~ retrieved January 19, 2014 © Soultracks

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Wilson combined top quality vocals and a riveting stage presence to become one of the best known rhythm and blues performers of the 1950s and 1960s. ~ Musicianguide: Jackie Wilson ~ retrieved June 8, 2016 © Musicianguide

Jackie Wilson ~ Ranked #26 Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Singers in 2008 ~ Jackie Wilson remains unmatched in the category of loosened-tie, high-energy rhythm & blues vocalists. The operatic drama in his voice, his on-the-beat phrasing and his clear, high range on late-Fifties hits like Reet Petite and Lonely Teardrops influenced everyone from Al Green to Elvis Presley. ~ 2008 © Rolling Stone

In 2012, no less than five Jackie Wilson albums made it to the #DLW500 Dylan's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time ~ #401 Body & Soul (1962) ~ #383 Merry Christmas From Jackie Wilson (1963) ~ #276 Jackie Sings The Blues (1960) ~ #57 Soul Time (1965) ~ #41 Lonely Teardrops (1959)

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