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Jackie Wilson

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  
(Results 1-25 of 350 records)

Citation

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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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/351191

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