He was dubbed "Mr. Excitement" for a good reason - he was a master entertainer and unparalleled vocalist. JACKIE WILSON was born this day in 1934. His very first recording was under the name of Sonny Wilson. He then became lead singer for the R&B doo wop group The Dominoes after Clyde McPhatter left the group. Eventually, Wilson sought a solo career and became a superstar with a long list of hits such as "Reet Petite," "To Be Loved," "Lonely Teardrops," "That's Why," "Night," "Doggin' Around," "Baby Workout," "Whispers," "Alone at Last," and "Higher and Higher." Many of his early solo hits were written by future Motown mogul Berry Gordy, Jr. Jackie was only 49 when he died in 1984, but his music lives on. Enjoy a vintage performance of "Lonely Teardrops" below.

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