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February 8, 2021

30 Fabulous Photos of Jackie Wilson in the 1950s and ’60s

Born 1934 in Highland Park, Michigan, American soul singer and performer Jackie Wilson was a tenor with a four-octave range. He was a prominent figure in the transition of rhythm and blues into soul, and was considered a master showman and one of the most dynamic singers and performers in pop, R&B, and rock & 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. Jackie Wilson was one of the most important and influential musical artists of his generation.

Wilson died in 1984, at age 49 from complications of pneumonia. He was posthumously inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, and 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.

Take a look at these fabulous photos to see portrait of a young Jackie Wilson in the 1950s and 1960s.


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