Saturday, 9 June 2018

Jackie Wilson born 9 June 1936


Jack Leroy "Jackie" Wilson Jr. (June 9, 1934 – January 21, 1984) was an American soul singer 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 

Jackie Wilson was born Jack Leroy Wilson in Detroit, Michigan, the only child of Jack and Eliza Wilson from Columbus, Mississippi. He grew up in Highland Park, Michigan. He started singing at the age of 6. At 12 he joined the "Ever Ready Gospel Singers". They became very popular in Detroit's black churches. Truancy during high school landed him in the Lansing Correctional Institute. 

While at Lansing he took up boxing. His Mother Eliza, not a boxing fan, made him pursue a much more promising career, Singing! In 1953, Wilson made music his career, joining Billy Ward and his Dominoes as the group's lead singer; he was brought in to replace Clyde McPhatter and sang with them for three years. The biggest hit Jackie had with the Dominos was "St Therese of the Roses", reaching number 13 on the charts in 1956.
 
 
                             

Wilson launched his solo career in 1958 with Brunswick Records and soon had a minor hit with "Reet Petite," co-written with Berry Gordy, Jr and Roquel "Billy" Davis. Gordy/Davis also co-wrote Wilson's major pop and R&B smash hits "To Be Loved," "That's Why," and "I'll Be Satisfied," and his top R&B and pop hit classic "Lonely Teardrops." Wilson appeared in the film Go, Johnny, Go singing "You Better Know It." Deciding that Wilson should not limit himself to singing rock and roll, Nate Tarnopol (Jackie's manager) had veteran band leader and Decca arranger Dick Jacobs produce most of Jackie's recordings from 1957 through 1966. Jacobs knew Jackie could sing and revelled in all styles, so he combined him with huge orchestral accompaniments.  


Performing engagements at major Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and New York nightclubs and recording a variety of material, including bland pop material and classical adaptations such as "Night," "Alone at Last," and "My Empty Arms," Wilson suffered through intrusive arrangements and critical neglect in the early '60s. Nonetheless, he scored four two sided crossover hits in 1960-1961 with "Night"/"Doggin' Around," "All My Love"/"A Woman, a Lover, a Friend," "Alone at Last"/ "Am I the Man," and "My Empty Arms"/"The Tear of the Year." "Night" was a pop smash, while "Alone at Last" and "My Empty Arms," were near pop smashes. "Doggin' Around" and "A Woman, a Lover, a Friend" were top R&B hits. 

By 1961 Jackie was involved with Harlean Harris, a former girlfriend of Sam Cooke and an  Ebony magazine fashion model while at the same time having a relationship with a Juanita Jones. February 15, 1961, Jones shot Wilson twice as he returned with Harris to his Manhattan apartment. Despite his wounds, Wilson made it downstairs where he was taken to the Roosevelt Hospital. Life saving surgery was performed followed by weeks of medical care. Wilson lost a kidney and would carry the bullet that was too close to his spine to be removed, around for the rest of his life.  

A month and a half later Jackie was discharged and, apart from a limp and discomfort for a while, he was quickly on the mend. He discovered that despite being at the peak of success, he was broke. Around this time the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) seized Jackie's Detroit family home. Tarnopol and his accountant were supposed to take care of such matters. At the time Jackie had declared annual earnings of $263,000, while the average salary a man earned then was just $5,000 a year. Yet the fact was he was nearly broke. Fortunately Jackie made arrangements with the IRS to make restitution on the unpaid taxes and to re-purchase the family home at auction. 

However, his wife's patience had finally run out due to Jackie's notorious philandering and she filed for divorce. Jackie didn't contest it and so their thirteen year marriage was annulled in 1965. Freda was granted the house, $10,000 and a modest $50-per-week for each of their four children. For the rest of her life Freda regretted seeking the divorce and, moreover, Jackie still treated her as though she was still his wife.  

Although he continued to have hits over the following years, Wilson didn't have another major pop and smash R&B hit until he began recording in Chicago with producer Carl Davis. Under Davis, Wilson staged a dramatic comeback with "Whispers (Getting Louder)," and the classic "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher," a top R&B and smash pop hit, and "I Get the Sweetest Feeling." Wilson recorded with Count Basie in 1968 and managed his last near smash R&B and moderate pop hit with "This Love is Real" in the late '70s. He was subsequently relegated to the oldies revival circuit, despite having continued R&B hits.  

On the night of September 29, 1975 While playing Dick Clark's oldies show at the Latin Casino in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, Wilson was stricken with a massive heart attack. One of the first to reach Jackie was Cornell Gunter of the Coasters group who immediately noticed he wasn't breathing. Gunter applied resuscitation and got him breathing again. An ambulance quickly got him to the nearby hospital where he remained in a coma for over three months.

Jackie gradually improved to the stage of semi-coma state, but obviously he had suffered severe brain damage and, at 41, a tremendous career was ended. Although he never uttered another word, he remained clinging to life for a further eight and a quarter years. He remained hospitalized until his death on January 21, 1984, at the age of forty-nine. 

Jackie Wilson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

(Info edited from various sources, mainly history-of-rock.com)


2 comments:

boppinbob said...

For “Jackie Wilson - Talk That Talk” - The First Five Albums on 2CDs - 1958 - 1960

Go here:

https://www31.zippyshare.com/v/taUnIWt7/file.html

Disc 1

JACKIE WILSON - HE'S SO FINE
1. ETCETERA
2. TO BE LOVED
3. COME BACK TO ME
4. IF I CAN'T HAVE YOU
5. AS LONG AS I LIVE
6. REET PETITE (The Finest Girl You Ever Want To Meet)
7. IT'S TOO BAD WE HAD TO SAY GOODBYE
8. WHY CAN'T YOU BE MINE
9. I'M WANDERIN'
10. RIGHT NOW!
11. DANNY BOY
12. IT'S SO FINE
JACKIE WILSON - LONELY TEARDROPS
13. LONELY TEARDROPS
14. EACH TIME (I Love You More)
15. THAT'S WHY (I Love You So)
16. IN THE BLUE OF EVENING
17. THE JOKE (It's Not On Me)
18. SOMEONE TO NEED ME (As I Need You)
19. YOU BETTER KNOW IT
20. BY THE LIGHT OF THE SILVERY MOON
21. SINGING A SONG
22. LOVE IS ALL
23. WE HAVE LOVE
24. HUSH-A-BYE
JACKIE WILSON - SO MUCH
25. SO MUCH
26. I KNOW I'LL ALWAYS BE IN LOVE WITH YOU
27. HAPPINESS
28. ONLY YOU ONLY ME
29. THE MAGIC OF LOVE
30. WISHING WELL

Disc 2

JACKIE WILSON - SO MUCH
1. TALK THAT TALK
2. ASK
3. I'LL BE SATISFIED
4. IT'S ALL A PART OF LOVE
5. NEVER GO AWAY
6. THRILL OF LOVE
JACKIE WILSON - JACKIE SINGS THE BLUES
7. PLEASE TELL ME WHY
8. DOGGIN' AROUND
9. NEW GIRL IN TOWN
10. NOTHIN' BUT THE BLUES
11. PASSIN' THROUGH
12. EXCUSE ME FOR LOVIN'
13. SHE DONE ME WRONG
14. SAZZLE DAZZLE
15. PLEASE STICK AROUND
16. COME ON AND LOVE ME BABY
17. COMIN' TO YOUR HOUSE
18. IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME
JACKIE WILSON - A WOMAN A LOVER A FRIEND
19. A WOMAN A LOVER A FRIEND
20. YOUR ONE AND ONLY LOVE
21. YOU CRIED
22. THE RIVER
23. WHEN YOU ADD RELIGION TO LOVE
24. ONE KISS
25. NIGHT
26. (You Were Made For) ALL MY LOVE
27. AM I THE MAN
28. BEHIND THE SMILE IS A TEAR
29. WE KISSED
30. (So Many) CUTE LITTLE GIRLS


This Jackie Wilson set follows features all five of the LPs he released between 1958 and 1960! With such classic hits as 'To Be Loved', 'Reet Petite', 'Lonely Teardrops', 'Doggin' Around' and 'Night' plus many more. These albums and subsequent hits had a profound influence over the development of soul music later in the '60s which makes this set yet another must have on the ever growing Jasmine label.

heylee said...

boppinbob, special thanks for the Bio and Collection of the great Jackie Wilson...appreciated.