Jack Leroy Wilson Jr. (June 9, 1934 – January 21, 1984) was an American soul and rock and roll singer and performer. A tenor with a four-octave range, Wilson was a prominent figure in the transition of rhythm and blues into soul. Wilson was considered a master showman and one of the most dynamic singers and performers in pop, R&B, and rock and roll history, earning the nickname "Mr. Excitement".
Wilson gained initial fame as a member of the R&B vocal group Billy Ward and His Dominoes. He went solo in 1957 and scored over 50 chart singles spanning the genres of R&B, pop, soul, doo-wop and easy listening, including 16 R&B Top 10 hits, in which six R&B of the repertoire ranked as number ones. On the Billboard Hot 100, Wilson scored 14 top 20 pop hits, six of which reached the top 10.
Wilson was posthumously inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. He is also inducted into the National Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame. Two of Wilson's recordings were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999. He was honored with the Rhythm and Blues Foundation's Legacy Tribute Award in 2003. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Jackie Wilson No. 69 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, and number 26 as one of the greatest singers of all time.
Birth and Death Data: Born June 9, 1934 (Detroit), Died January 21, 1984 (Mount Holly Township)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1956 - 1970
Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist
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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 350 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Decca||102880||July 1957||It's so fine||Jackie Wilson||vocalist|
|Decca||102881||July 1957||By the light of the silvery moon||Jackie Wilson||vocalist|
|Decca||102882||July 1957||Reet petite (The finest girl you ever want to meet)-1||Jackie Wilson||vocalist|
|Decca||102883||July 1957||Hush-a-bye||Jackie Wilson||vocalist|
|Decca||103978||10-in.||Jan. 1958||Thrill of love||Jackie Wilson||vocalist|
|Decca||103979||Jan. 1958||I'm wanderin'||Jackie Wilson||vocalist|
|Decca||103980||Jan. 1958||To be loved||Jackie Wilson||vocalist|
|Decca||103981||Jan. 1958||As long as I live||Jackie Wilson||vocalist|
|Decca||103982||Jan. 1958||Danny boy||Jackie Wilson||vocalist|
|Decca||103983||Jan. 1958||Right now!||Jackie Wilson||vocalist|
|Decca||103984||Jan. 1958||Etc. etc.||Jackie Wilson||vocalist|
|Decca||103985||Jan. 1958||Why can't you be mine||Jackie Wilson||vocalist|
|Decca||103986||Jan. 1958||Come back to me||Jackie Wilson||vocalist|
|Decca||103987||Jan. 1958||If I can't have you||Jackie Wilson||vocalist|
|Decca||103988||Jan. 1958||It's too bad we have to say goodbye||Jackie Wilson||vocalist|
|Decca||105083||June 1958||We have love||Jackie Wilson||vocalist|
|Decca||105084||June 1958||Someone to need me||Jackie Wilson||vocalist|
|Decca||105085||June 1958||Singing a song||Jackie Wilson||vocalist|
|Decca||105086||June 1958||The joke (is not on me)||Jackie Wilson||vocalist|
|Decca||105827||10/5/1958||Lonely teardrops||Jackie Wilson||vocalist|
|Decca||105828||10/5/1958||In the blue of the evening||Jackie Wilson||vocalist|
|Decca||106174||12/1/1958||That's why (I love you so)||Jackie Wilson||vocalist|
|Decca||106175||12/1/1958||Love is all||Jackie Wilson||vocalist|
|Decca||106176||12/1/1958||You better know it||Jackie Wilson||vocalist|
|Decca||106177||12/1/1958||Each time (I love you more)||Jackie Wilson||vocalist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Wilson, Jackie," accessed June 27, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/351191.
Wilson, Jackie. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 27, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/351191.
"Wilson, Jackie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 27 June 2022.
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