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That's Why I Love You So
|Jack Leroy "Jackie" Wilson was born in Detroit on
June 9, 1934. He joined Billy Ward & the Dominoes in 1953, replacing
Clyde McPhatter. Wilson's solo career began with 1957's "Reet
Petite," written by the then-unknown Berry Gordy, Jr. and recorded
on the Brunswick Records label with whom Wilson would remain throughout
his career. He had his first top 40 hit in 1958 with "To Be Loved."
At the end of that year he had his first big success with "Lonely
Teardrops" that went to #7 on the charts. The song, also written by
Gordy, became his signature tune. Wilson suffered a massive heart attack
while playing a Dick Clark show at the Latin Casino in Cherry Hill, New
Jersey on September 29, 1975, falling head-first to the stage; he was
singing "Lonely Teardrops". A comatose Wilson lived in a
hospital until his death at age 49. His medical costs were paid for by
Elvis Presley, and The Spinners. Al Green, the soul singer, was one of
the few artists who regularly visited a bed-ridden Jackie. Mr.
Entertainment passed away on January 21, 1984. Jackie Wilson was
inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
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