Jackie Wilson Part Five

Jackie Wilson Part Five

Jackie Wilson Part Five

Jackie Wilson Part Five

In Jackie Wilson Part Five, I found tidbits and trivial information for you, plus a  new album, which I already downloaded, to my website, which meant I had to use it before the milk gets spoiled(joke).

  • In the VH-1 5-part television special, Say It Loud: A Celebration of Black Music in America, fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Smokey Robinson and Bobby Womack both paid tribute to Wilson. Smokey explained that “Jackie Wilson was the most dynamic singer and performer that I think I’ve ever seen. Bobby added “He was the real Elvis Presley, as far as I’m concerned…and Elvis took a lot from him too.”
  • In his autobiography To Be Loved (named for one of the hit tunes he wrote for Wilson) Motown founder Berry Gordy stated that Wilson was “The greatest singer I’ve ever heard. The epitome of natural greatness. Unfortunately for some, he set the standard I’d be looking for in singers forever”.
  • Wilson is mentioned in the song “Gone But Not Forgotten” sung by artist TQ, which is a song dedicated to the memory of famous musicians who have died. The lyric goes “..and Jackie, will you teach me how to glide across the stage?”
  • Wilson scored a posthumous hit when “Reet Petite” reached number one in the United Kingdom, Ireland and the Netherlands in 1986. This success was likely due in part to a new animated video made for the song, featuring a clay model of Wilson, that became popular on television. The following year he hit the UK charts again with “I Get the Sweetest Feeling” (No. 3), and “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher” (No. 15).
  • Rita Coolidge covered “Higher and Higher” in 1977; her version reached No. 2 on the US pop charts, earning a gold record.
  • In 1999, Wilson’s original version of “Higher and Higher” and “Lonely Teardrops” were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame; both are on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
  • Wilson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987; that same year, he was portrayed in the Ritchie Valens biopic La Bamba by Howard Huntsberry.
  • Wilson is referenced in the 1986 song “R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.” by John Mellencamp.
  • Wilson and “Lonely Teardrops” are referenced in the 1993 song “Jupiter and Teardrop” by Grant Lee Buffalo on their debut album Fuzzy.
  • In 1988, his version of “To Be Loved” was featured in the film Coming to America, when Akeem and Lisa were falling in love. Akeem (Eddie Murphy) later came back home singing the song loudly, waking up and infuriating his neighbors.
  • In 1989, “Higher and Higher” was featured in the film Ghostbusters II, the soundtrack album of which featured a cover version of the song by Howard Huntsberry. “Higher and Higher” was also featured in Eddie Murphy’s 2007 movie “Norbit.”
  • In 1992, Wilson was portrayed in the ABC miniseries by Grady Harrell in The Jacksons: An American Dream.
  • In 1994, Monkee Peter Tork recorded a bluegrass-rock cover of “Higher and Higher” on his first solo album Stranger Things Have Happened.
  • On November 18, 2011, the Black Ensemble Theater of Chicago produced a musical about Wilson’s life.
  • In 2014, artist Hozier released a song titled “Jackie and Wilson”, a play on Wilson’s name. The song includes the lyrics “We’ll name our children Jackie and Wilson and raise them on rhythm and blues.”
  • The Jackie Wilson Hologram Tour 2018 was announced by Hologram USA on Billboard.
  • A ceremony was held on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at WHPR TV & Radio. At the ceremony, Cottage Grove Street officially became Jackie Wilson Lane.



Hit singles

Year Title Chart positions
1957 “Reet Petite” 62 6 10
“To Be Loved” 22 7 23 64
1958 “We Have Love” 93
“Lonely Teardrops” 7 1 53
1959 “That’s Why (I Love You So)” 13 2
“I’ll Be Satisfied” 20 6
“You Better Know It” 37 1
“Talk That Talk” 34 3
1960 “A Woman, a Lover, a Friend” 15 1 30
“Night” 4 3 19
“Alone at Last” 8 20 50 11
“Doggin’ Around” 15 1 76
“Am I the Man” 32 10
“(You Were Made For) All My Love” 12 33 30
1961 “My Empty Arms” 9 25
“The Tear of the Year” 44 10
“I’m Comin’ on Back to You” 19 9
1963 “Baby Workout” 5 1 66
1966 “Whispers (Gettin’ Louder)” 11 5
1967 “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher” 6 1 24
1968 “I Get the Sweetest Feeling” 34 12 9
1969 “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher”
(UK re-release)
1970 “(I Can Feel These Vibrations) This Love is For Real” 56 9
1975 “I Get the Sweetest Feeling” /
“(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher”
(UK re-release)
1986 “Reet Petite”
(UK re-release)
1 20
1987 “I Get the Sweetest Feeling”
(UK re-release)
“(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher”
(UK second re-release)

Hit albums

Year Title Chart positions
1963 Baby Workout 36
Merry Christmas from Jackie Wilson 6
1966 Whispers 15
1967 Higher and Higher 28
1968 Manufacturers of Soul 18


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