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Jack Leroy "Jackie" Wilson, Jr.
(June 9, 1934 – January 21, 1984) was an American singer and performer. Known as "Mr. Excitement
", Wilson was important in the transition of rhythm and blues into soul. He was considered a master showman, and one of the most dynamic and influential singers and performers in R&B and rock history. Gaining fame in his early years as a member of the R&B vocal group Billy Ward and His Dominoes, he went solo in 1957 and recorded over 50 hit singles that spanned R&B, pop, soul, doo-wop and easy listening. During a 1975 benefit concert, he... more