Da, da, da, da, da, Da, da, da, da, da,
Yes, Wilson Wednesday is back, and this week its time to turn our attention to the wonderful Jackie Wilson. And it would be remiss not to begin with Van Morrison’s great tribute song.
A two time Grammy Hall of Fame member, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Member, and included on Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 greatest artists of all-time list, Jackie is an American soul singer-songwriter and performer. He was known for this high energy performances and was a master-showman.
I wasn’t alive in the 50’s when he was at the top of his game, but somehow it feels like many of his tracks have always been in my consciousness, probably because they would be staples on retro friendly radio stations.
I also fondly remember seeing the Richie Valens bio-pic La Bamba, where Jackie Wilson is portrayed by Howard Huntsberry. Huntsberry, as Wilson, performs a cracking version of Lonely Teardrops. Our family owned the La Bamba soundtrack on cassette tape and I remember it getting quite a run, particularly on long car trips!
Here he is,
Now its over to you – what Jackie Wilson songs lift you “higher and higher”? or does the mere thought of his music make you cry “lonely teardrops.”?
PS – thanks everyone for your kind words on the launch of this series. Sorry for the delay of this week’s entry, I was at the hospital very late at night with my very sick (dying) Father. Because of that, there may not be a Wilson Wednesday next week – but we shall see.