Jackie Wilson was born June 9, 1934 in Detroit, Michigan. He's been referred to as one of the all-time great entertainers and "Mr. Excitement". Prior to turning to music, he was an amateur boxer. Becoming a singer, he eventually joined Billy Ward and His Dominoes as a replacement for lead singer, Clyde McPhatter, who went on to a solo career. Jackie also became a solo artist in 1957, the same year he had his first hit record, Reet Petite (The Finest Girl You Ever Want To Meet) and was produced by Berry Gordy Jr., who eventually went on to found Motown Records.
Jackie appeared on the Billboard Hot 100 charts a total of 62 times between 1957 and 1972, scoring 6 Top Ten hits. He collapsed on stage after suffering a stroke at the Latin Casino in Cherry Hill, New Jersey on September 29, 1975. Sadly he lived the rest of his life in nursing homes prior to his passing January 21, 1974 at the very young age of 49.
Treasure Island Oldies is pleased to feature Jackie Wilson on Voice Your Choice. Cast your vote for either Lonely Teardrops or Whispers (Gettin' Louder). I'll play the winner in the 3rd hour of next week's show.