Hello again: He is said to have one of the finest voices of any genre and is considered one of the all time great soul singers. Jackie Wilson was born on June 9, 1934 in Detroit, Michigan. He sang with gospel groups and became an amateur boxer. He joined Billy Ward And His Dominoes as a replacement for Clyde McPhatter and in 1957 left the group for a solo career.
Jackie was signed to the Brunswick Record label and released his first charted record REET PETITE in November of 1957, it became a modest hit at #62 on the Top 100. His next record would come in April of 1958, TO BE LOVED would go up the charts to #22. In November of ’58 Jackie would place his first solo record in the Top 10 with LONELY TEARDROPS making its way up the Top 100 to #7.
March of 1959 would find Jackie releasing the great soulful, THAT’S WHY (I Love You So). It would settle in at #13 and his next record, I’LL BE SATISFIED, a song that was almost impossible not to move your body to, went to #20. In the fall of ’59 he would release a song from the movie, Go Johnny Go, a movie starring Jackie and DJ Alan Freed. YOU BETTER KNOW IT would work its way into the Top 40 at #37.
1960 would be a strong year on the Billboard Music Charts for Jackie. He would put 6 songs in the Top 100 and 2 of them would become Top 10 hits. His version of NIGHT would chart at #4 and become one of his biggest hits. Another ballad, ALONE AT LAST became a #8 chart topper. In 1961 he would chart, ( can you believe) 10 hits in the Top 100 with MY EMPTY ARMS making it to #9. The following year 1962 would find 7 more Jackie Wilson songs finding their way to the charts.
In March of 1963 he released BABY WORKOUT, another great soul shaker that went to #5 on the Top 100. Jackie continued charting records in 1964, ’65 and ’66 but 1967 was in the wings and so was his classic recording of (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) HIGHER AND HIGHER, it would climb to #6 and become his biggest hit. It also would be his last Top 10 hit on the pop charts but he would still chart records till 1972.
On September 29, 1975 while performing at the Latin Casino in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, Jackie collapsed after suffering a stroke on stage. He spent the rest of his life in a nursing home and on January 21, 1984 at the age of 49, Jackie Wilson passed away. During his solo career he charted 62 hit records and in 1987 he was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
He was the complete entertainer. He had great moves on stage and a voice that was classical. Jackie Wilson is one of the best from the “Golden Era Of Rock And Roll”.