Jackie Wilson

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Jack Leroy "Jackie" Wilson, Jr. (June 9, 1934 – January 21, 1984) was an American soul singer-songwriter and performer. A tenor with a four octave vocal range, he was nicknamed "Mr. Excitement", and was important in the transition of rhythm and blues into soul. He was considered a master showman, and one of the most dynamic and influential singers and performers in R&B and rock 'n' roll history. Gaining fame in his early years as a member of the R&B vocal group Billy Ward and His Dominoes, he went solo in 1957 and recorded over 50 hit singles that spanned R&B, pop, soul, doo-wop and easy listening. This included 16 R&B Top 10 hits, including 6 R&B # 1's. On the Billboard Hot 100, he scored 14 Top 20 Pop hits, 6 of which made it into the Pop Top 10. On September 29, 1975, while headlining a Dick Clark Oldies Concert, he collapsed on stage from what was later determined to be a massive heart attack, and subsequently slipped into a coma, slowly awakening over a period of 8 months. He remained semi-comatose for the 9 years until his death in 1984, at the age of 49. Wilson was an inspiration to Elvis Presley, Bruce Springsteen, James Brown and Michael Jackson to name a few. He was one of the most influential artists of his generation.

A two-time Grammy Hall of Fame Inductee, Wilson was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Jackie Wilson #69 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1958 He's So Fine Jackie Wilson 1
1959 Lonely Teardrops Jackie Wilson 1
1960 A Woman, a Lover, a Friend Jackie Wilson 1
1960 Jackie Sings the Blues Jackie Wilson 2
1963 Baby Workout Jackie Wilson 1
1963 Merry Christmas From Jackie Wilson Jackie Wilson 1
1965 Soul Time Jackie Wilson 1
1966 Soul Galore Jackie Wilson 1
1966 Whispers Jackie Wilson 1
1967 Higher and Higher Jackie Wilson 2
1968 I Get the Sweetest Feeling Jackie Wilson 1
1968 Manufacturers of Soul Jackie Wilson & Count Basie 1
1969 Do Your Thing Jackie Wilson 1
1971 You Got Me Walking Jackie Wilson 1
1972 Beautiful Day Jackie Wilson 1
1995 Higher and Higher Jackie Wilson 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1969 Jackie Wilson's Greatest Hits Jackie Wilson 1
1983 The Jackie Wilson Story Jackie Wilson 1
1987 The Very Best of Jackie Wilson Jackie Wilson 1
1992 Mr. Excitement! Jackie Wilson 1
1993 Reet Petite Jackie Wilson 1
1993 Higher and Higher Jackie Wilson 1
1994 So You Say You Wanna Dance Jackie Wilson 1
1994 The Very Best of Jackie Wilson Jackie Wilson 1
1999 The Titan of Soul Jackie Wilson 1
1999 Sweetest Feelin' The Very Best Of Jackie Wilson 1
2000 Christmas Eve With Jackie Wilson Jackie Wilson 1
2002 20 Greatest Hits Jackie Wilson 1
2002 The Best of Jackie Wilson, Volume 2: 1966 - 1975 Jackie Wilson 1
2003 Reet Petite & Others Classics Jackie Wilson 1
2006 Best of the Original Soul Brother Jackie Wilson 1
2006 Say You Will Jackie Wilson 1
2006 The Ultimate Jackie Wilson Jackie Wilson 1
20 Greatest Hits Jackie Wilson 1
Gold Jackie Wilson 1
Greatest Hits Jackie Wilson 1
Greatest Hits Jackie Wilson 1
Reet Petite Jackie Wilson 1
Reet Petite: The Very Best of Jackie Wilson Jackie Wilson 1
The Best Of Jackie Wilson 1
The Great Jackie Wilson 1
Titan of Soul Jackie Wilson 1

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1957 Reet Petite / By the Light of the Silvery Moon Jackie Wilson 1
1958 Lonely Teardrops / In the Blue of the Evening Jackie Wilson 1
1958 To Be Loved / Come Back to Me Jackie Wilson 1
1959 Talk That Talk / Only You, Only Me Jackie Wilson 1
1960 Night / Doggin' Around Jackie Wilson 1
1960 Doggin' Around Jackie Wilson 1
1967 (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher Jackie Wilson 1
1969 I Still Love You / Hum De Dum De Do Jackie Wilson 1
1969 I Get the Sweetest Feeling Jackie Wilson 1
1999 I Get the Sweetest Feeling Jackie Wilson & Erma Franklin 1
2001 Reet Petite Jackie Wilson 2

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2002 Best Of Jackie Wilson Jackie Wilson 1

Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2011 Mr. Excitement Jackie Wilson 1

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