Friday 18 September 2015

Jackie Wilson, 1934–1984 (American soul singer-songwriter and performer)

* Jackie Wilson was a tenor with a four octave vocal range. Nicknamed "Mr. Excitement," he was important in the transition of rhythm and blues into soul. Wilson 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. During a 1975 benefit concert, he collapsed on stage from a heart attack and subsequently fell into a coma that persisted for nearly nine years until his death on 21 January 1984, at the age of 49.


BIRTH DATA: Jack Leroy Wilson, Jr., 9 June 1934, 05:30 (5:30 AM) EST (+5), Highland Park, Wayne County, Michigan (42n24, 83w05). ASC: 25 Gemini. RR: B (from biography). SOURCE: Susan Carmichael emailed Sy Scholfield quoting from "Jackie Wilson: Lonely Teardrops by Tony Douglas (Routledge, 2005), p. 14: "born at 5.30 a.m. on Saturday, 9 June 1934 at the Herman Kiefer Hospital in Highland Park, Michigan."

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