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 ~ Inducted in the 1987 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame ~ Wilson joined Billy Ward and His Dominoes as lead singer in 1953, replacing Clyde McPhatter when the latter left to join the Drifters. Wilson remained with the Dominoes until 1957, singing on such high-charting numbers as St. Therese of the Roses. Wilson launched his solo career in November 1957 with the single Reet Petite (The Finest Girl You Ever Want To Meet). The song was written by Berry Gordy, Jr, a struggling songwriter who had yet to found his Motown empire. ~ 1987 © Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

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)

In 2010 two songs by Jackie Wilson made it to the Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time ~ #315 Lonely Teardrops ~ #248 (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher

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