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Born 9 June 1934: Jackie Wilson

Jackie Wilson, a pioneering figure in the evolution of soul music, was born Jack Leroy Wilson Jr. on June 9th, 1934, in Detroit, Michigan, USA. Nicknamed “Mr. Excitement” for his electrifying stage presence, Wilson possessed a phenomenal vocal range and an unmatched ability to connect with audiences. He first gained recognition as a member of the R&B vocal group Billy Ward and His Dominoes before launching a successful solo career in 1957.

Wilson’s powerful voice and dynamic performances seamlessly blended R&B, rock ‘n’ roll, and doo-wop, paving the way for the soul sound of the 1960s. He scored numerous hit singles, including classics like “Lonely Teardrops,” “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher,” and “Reet Petite.” A true innovator, Jackie Wilson’s influence on American music remains undeniable, securing his place as a legend of soul music.

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