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Jackie Wilson was probably one of the most important real estate agents of dark pop’s changeover from R&B into spirit. With regards to vocal power (specifically in the top register), few could outdo him; he was also an electrifying on-stage showman. He was a regular hitmaker through the middle-’50s through the first ’70s, although under no circumstances a crossover superstar. His status isn’t quite on par with Ray Charles, Wayne Dark brown, or Sam Cooke, nevertheless, because his information did not constantly reflect his creative genius. Indeed, there’s a consensus of types among critics that Wilson was something of the underachiever within the studio, because of the occasionally inappropriately pop-based materials and preparations that he utilized. Wilson was well-known for the R&B picture before he proceeded to go single in the past due ’50s. In 1953 he changed Clyde McPhatter in Billy Ward & the Dominoes, among the best R&B vocal sets of the ’50s. Although McPhatter was himself a huge superstar, Wilson was as effective as or much better than the person whose sneakers he loaded. Commercially, however, stuff had taken a downturn for the Dominoes within the Wilson years, although they do manage a high 20 strike with “St. Therese from the Roses” in 1956. Elvis Presley was one particular who was simply mightily impressed by Wilson within the mid-’50s; he is able to end up being noticed praising Jackie’s on-stage cover of “AVOID BEING Cruel” in between-song banter through the Million Money Quartet program in past due 1956. Wilson would rating his initial big R&B (and little pop) strike in past due 1956 using the brassy, stuttering “Reet Petite,” that was co-written by an rising Detroit songwriter called Berry Gordy Jr. Gordy would also help compose additional strikes for Jackie in the past due ’50s, “TO BECOME Loved,” “Depressed Teardrops,” “THAT IS WHY (I REALLY LIKE You Therefore),” and “I’M GOING TO BE Satisfied”; in addition they crossed to the pop graphs, “Unhappy Teardrops” making the very best Ten. Many of these had been upbeat, creatively organized relationships of pop and R&B that, in retrospect, helped arranged the stage both for ’60s spirit as well as for Gordy’s personal huge pop achievement at Motown. The first Gordy-Wilson association offers led some historians to take a position how much in a different way (and better) Jackie’s profession might have proved got he been on Motown’s roster rather than the Brunswick label. In the first ’60s, Wilson taken care of his pop stardom with regular strike singles that frequently used horn preparations and woman choruses which have dated relatively badly, especially in comparison to the more innovative function by peers such as for example Charles and Dark brown from this period. Wilson also occasionally proceeded to go into out-and-out operatic pop, as on “Danny Boy” and something of his biggest strikes, “Night time” (1960). At exactly the same time, he continued to be with the capacity of unleashing a sweaty, up-tempo, gospel-soaked quantity: “Baby Workout,” which match that description to some T, was lots five strike for him in 1963. It’s accurate you need to become fairly selective in focusing on the advantageous Wilson records out of this period; 1962’s In the Copa, for example, has Jackie attempting to combine spirit and all-around entertainment, rather than wholly being successful with either technique. Yet a few of his early Brunswick materials is also good uptown soul; nearly as earthy as a few of his followers would have loved him to audio, without doubt, but well worth hearing. Wilson was shot and significantly wounded by way of a feminine lover in 1961, though he produced a recovery. His profession was more significantly endangered by his failure to maintain with changing spirit and rock styles. Not really everything he do in the middle-’60s is completely dismissible; “No Pity (Within the Nude Town),” for example, is something similar to West Side Tale done uptown spirit design. In 1966, his profession was briefly revived when he teamed up with Chicago spirit maker Carl Davis, who was simply instrumental within the achievement of Windy Town performers like Gene Chandler, Main Lance, and Jerry Butler. Davis effectively updated Wilson’s audio with horn-heavy preparations, getting close to the TOP with “Whispers,” and making amount six in 1967 with “Higher and Higher.” Which really was the close of Wilson’s profession as the significant musician or commercial power, although he previously some minor graph entries through the first ’70s. While playing a Dick Clark oldies present on the Latin Gambling house in NJ in Sept 1975, Wilson experienced an on-stage coronary attack while performing “Unhappy Teardrops.” He lapsed right into a coma, suffering main brain harm, and was hospitalized until his loss of life in early 1984.

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Full Name Jackie Wilson
Died January 21, 1984, Mount Holly, New Jersey, United States
Profession Singer-songwriter
Education Coombe Girls' School
Nationality American
Spouse Harlean Harris, Freda Hood
Children Bobby Brooks Wilson, Jacqueline Wilson, Jackie Wilson Jr, Thor Lathan Kenneth, Sandra Wilson, Tony Wilson
Parents Eliza Mae Wilson, Jack Wilson Sr.
Awards Grammy Hall of Fame, Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award
Music Groups Billy Ward and his Dominoes
Music Songs Higher and Higher, Lonely Teardrops, Reet Petite, Baby Workout, I Get the Sweetest Feeling, Doggin' Around, To Be Loved, I'll Be Satisfied, Whispers, You Better Know It, Am I The Man, This Love Is Real, Alone At Last, No Pity, The Tear Of The Year, That's Why, All My Love, Night, Chain Gang, Talk That Talk, Since You Showed Me How to Be Happy, Who Who Song, You Got Me Walking, Just Be Sincere, Love Is Funny That Way, A Woman, A Lover, A Friend, Squeeze Her, Tease Her, My Empty Arms, I'm The One To Do It, Deck The Halls, You Brought About a Change in Me, Soul Galore
Albums Jackie Sings the Blues, A Woman, a Lover, a Friend, Manufacturers of Soul, At The Copa, Merry Christmas from Jackie Wilson, Jackie Wilson Sings the World's Greatest Melodies, Lonely Teardrops, Somethin' Else!!, Live At the Copacabana, Shake a Hand, Spotlight on Jackie Wilson, Lonely Teardrops / To Be Loved, The Legendary Jackie Wilson, Mr. Excitement Greatest Hits (100 Original Songs Remastered), The Way I Am (Live), Tonight (Live), Live, Quiescent Point, The Collection 1959-1961, Rags To Riches, BABY WORKOUT, Body & Soul (Live), Whispers, Lead The Dance, This Love Is Real, Greatest Hits, The Rock 'N' Roll Collection: Jackie Wilson, 100 (100 Original Songs Digitally Remastered), Mr. Excitement!, The Very Best of Jackie Wilson, The Jackie Wilson Story, Jackie Wilson (Live), The Ultimate Jackie Wilson, By Special Request, Master Showman, I'm Coming on Back to You, Reet Petite (The Finest Girl You Ever Want To Meet), Jackie Wilson's Greatest Hits, Soul Classics, 20 Greatest Hits, Jackie Wilson - The Greatest Hurt, Jackie Wilson - California Here I Come, I Love Soul, Good for the Soul: Jackie Wilson, Simply - Jackie Wilson (60 Sensational Tracks), Globe Trotter, This Is Not A Shoe, Rare Encounter, The Best of Jackie Wilson, Vol. 4, The Three Wise Men, Reet Petite: 91 Memorable Songs (Remastered)
Nominations Carnegie Medal, Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award
Movies Teenage Millionaire

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1 In 1975, Jackie Wilson had sustained brain damage from the heart attack he suffered while performing in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. After stabilizing him in a hospital,he was brought to a rehabilitation hospital, Morris Hall,in Lawrenceville, NJ, outside of Trenton, New Jersey. Jackie Wilson remained there for several months until he was sent to a nursing home.
2 Cousin of Hubert Johnson, one of the original members of The Contours.
3 Godfather of Jody Watley.
4 Had breakout year in 1959 with 5 consecutive R n B and pop hits including his first million seller and signature standard "Lonely Teardrops".
5 Headlined many of Alan Freed's Rock n Roll shows in the late '50s.
6 Shortly before his heart-attack in 1975, he appeared in concert on U.S. Public Broadcasting's Soundstage (1974).
7 Is portrayed by Howard Huntsberry in La Bamba (1987).
8 Is portrayed by Grady Harrell in The Jacksons: An American Dream (1992).
9 Cousin of Levi Stubbs.
10 Is portrayed by Leon in Mr. Rock 'n' Roll: The Alan Freed Story (1999)
11 He was voted the 68th Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Artist of all time by Rolling Stone.
12 His daughter,Denise, was killed in a drive-by shooting in 1987.
13 He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame posthumously in 1987.
14 Cited as a major influence for his dance moves by singers James Brown and Michael Jackson, who both have their own signature dance styles.
15 Suffered a major heart attack in 1975 in the middle of performing th hit "Lonely Teardrops" for Dick Clark's "Traveling Oldies Revue." He fell forward, hitting his head on some equipment, and as a result, fell into a coma from which he never recovered.
16 He entrusted his whole earnings to his manager, a sleazy hustler rumored to have mob connections. As a result, during his career high in the 1950s and subsequent decline in the late 1960s and 1970s, he was constantly broke. To add insult to injury, he was buried in an unmarked grave after his death, a fact that went unnoticed until some devout fans had his body exhumed in 1990 and gave him a proper burial.
17 Ironically, at the time of his death in 1984, his career was enjoying a brief renaissance, with the song "Reet Petit" reaching #3 on the UK charts and remaining in the top ten for 37 weeks.
18 A notorious womanizer, he was shot in the stomach by a former lover, with the bullet lodging near his spine. Since doctors deemed an operation risky, he carried the bullet for the rest of his life.
19 Replaced Clyde McPhatter in Billy Ward's Dominoes in 1953, left to go solo in 1956.
20 Recorded "Danny Boy" 3 times, in 1952, 1958 and 1965. The later version made Billboard's R&B and pop charts.
21 Elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.



Death to Smoochy 2002 performer: " Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher and Higher"
Sweet November 2001 performer: "Baby Work Out" / writer: "Baby Work Out"
Blow Dry 2001 performer: "I Get The Sweetest Feeling"
The Kid 2000 performer: " Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher And Higher"
Jam 2000 TV Series performer: "I Get The Sweetest Feeling"
High Fidelity 2000 performer: "I Get The Sweetest Feeling"
The Closer You Get 2000 performer: "I Get The Sweetest Feeling"
K-911 1999 Video performer: "Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher and Higher", "Baby Workout" / writer: "Baby Workout"
The Bachelor 1999 performer: "Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher and Higher"
Dance with Me 1998 performer: "Baby Workout" / writer: "Baby Workout"
Two Girls and a Guy 1997 performer: "You Don't Know Me"
Telling Lies in America 1997 performer: "Lonely Teardrops"
Operation Dumbo Drop 1995 performer: "YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME HIGHER AND HIGHER"
Takin' Over the Asylum 1994 TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode
Corrina, Corrina 1994 performer: "REET PETITE THE SWEETEST GIRL IN TOWN"
When Pigs Fly 1993 performer: "DANNY BOY"
The Night We Never Met 1993 performer: "Your Love Keeps Liftin' Me Higher and Higher"
Born Yesterday 1993 performer: "BABY WORK OUT" / writer: "BABY WORK OUT"
That Night 1992 performer: "DOGGIN' AROUND"
Innocent Blood 1992 producer: "Night"
Mermaids 1990 performer: "Baby Workout" / writer: "Baby Workout"
The Wonder Years 1990 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Mortal Sins 1989 performer: "No Pity In The Naked City" / writer: "No Pity In The Naked City"
Ghostbusters II 1989 performer: "Higher and Higher"
Shag 1989/I performer: "Baby Work Out" / writer: "Baby Work Out" - as Wilson
The Good Mother 1988 performer: "Up Tight Everything's Alright"
Coming to America 1988 performer: "To Be Loved"
The Best of Bandstand: The Superstars 1987 Video short performer: "Lonely Teardrops"
Crime Story 1986 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Magic of David Copperfield 1978 TV Special performer: "Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher and Higher"
American Hot Wax 1978 performer: "Lonely Teardrops"
Hippodrome 1966 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Hollywood a Go Go TV Series performer - 2 episodes, 1965 writer - 2 episodes, 1965
Shindig! TV Series writer - 6 episodes, 1964 - 1965 performer - 4 episodes, 1964 - 1965
Teenage Millionaire 1961 performer: "The Way I Am", "Lonely Life"
Go, Johnny, Go! 1959 performer: "YOU BETTER KNOW IT"
Dead Bullet 2016 performer: "Your One And Only Love"
Britain's Got Talent 2016 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
World Championship Snooker 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Call the Midwife 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Snooker: Welsh Open 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Ballers 2015 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Britain's Got More Talent 2015 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Following 2015 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Serangoon Road 2013 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Bad Grandpa 2013 performer: "Think Twice Version X"
Dancing with the Stars 2005-2013 TV Series 2 episodes
Vera 2013 TV Series performer - 1 episode
New Girl 2012 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Sapphires 2012 "Lonely Teardrops"
Late Show with David Letterman 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
So You Think You Can Dance Canada 2011 TV Series performer - 1 episode
La solitudine dei numeri primi 2010 performer: "Pledging My Love"
Mafia II 2010 Video Game performer: "RAGS TO RICHES", "THAT'S WHY I LOVE YOU SO" uncredited
SoulBoy 2010 performer: "Soul Galore"
Date Night 2010 performer: "Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher and Higher"
Dancing on Ice 2010 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Seuls Two 2008 performer: "Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher And Higher"
Norbit 2007 performer: "Your Love Has Lifted Me Higher and Higher"
So You Think You Can Dance 2006 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Take the Lead 2006 performer: "Baby Workout" / writer: "Baby Workout"
The X Factor 2004 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Against the Ropes 2004 "Baby Workout" / performer: "Baby Workout"
Ed Sullivan's Rock 'n' Roll Classics, Vol. 4: Elvis & Other Rock Greats 2003 Video performer: "That's Why"
Skeppsholmen 2002 TV Series performer - 1 episode



Teenage Millionaire 1961 Jackie Wilson - Performer



The History of Rock 'n' Roll 1995 TV Series documentary Himself
In Concert 1973 TV Series Himself
Soul Train 1972 TV Series documentary Himself
The Joey Bishop Show 1968-1969 TV Series Himself
Operation: Entertainment 1968 TV Series Himself
Where the Action Is 1965-1966 TV Series Himself
Hollywood a Go Go 1965 TV Series Himself - Singer
Shindig! 1964-1965 TV Series Himself - Singer
New American Bandstand 1965 1957-1965 TV Series Himself / Himself - Musical Guest
The Ed Sullivan Show 1960-1963 TV Series Singer / Himself - Singer
The Dick Clark Show 1958-1960 TV Series Himself
Go, Johnny, Go! 1959 Himself

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Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall 2016 Documentary Himself
Danny Boy: The Ballad That Bewitched the World 2013 TV Movie documentary Himself
Soul Power! 2013 TV Series documentary Himself
My Music: Aretha Franklin Presents Soul Rewind 2010 TV Movie Himself
Soul Deep: The Story of Black Popular Music 2005 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Ed Sullivan's Rock 'n' Roll Classics, Vol. 4: Elvis & Other Rock Greats 2003 Video Herself
Standing in the Shadows of Motown 2002 Documentary Himself
Motown 40: The Music Is Forever 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself
Rock & Roll 1995 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Smokey Robinson: The Quiet Legend 1990 TV Movie documentary Himself
Michael Jackson: The Legend Continues 1988 Video documentary Himself
The Best of Bandstand: The Superstars 1987 Video short Himself

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