20 Songs, 51 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Jackie Wilson emerged from a generation of Fifties R&B performers that exerted a direct influence on what would soon be known as “soul music.” But while Ray Charles, James Brown, and Sam Cooke have all assumed hallowed places in the pantheon of soul music forefathers, Wilson is largely overlooked. Truth to tell, only Cooke could hold a candle to Wilson's widespread influence, and the two shared a lot. They both had versatile voices and matinee-idol looks to make the ladies swoon. They both merged gospel and R&B with pop to invent a whole new genre of African-American music. But when it came to stage presentation, not even Cooke could compete with Wilson, whose dance moves and microphones tricks electrified a generation of black performers, including the entire Motown roster. Wilson would have two of his greatest successes in the mid-Sixties with the Motown-influenced tracks “Whispers (Getting Louder)” (presented here in an unfortunate remix) and “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher,” but “Lonely Teardrops,” “That’s Why (I Love You So),” and “Am I the Man” should give you an idea of just how electrifying Wilson was to a generation of soul music hopefuls that ranged from Marvin Gaye to Van Morrison.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Jackie Wilson emerged from a generation of Fifties R&B performers that exerted a direct influence on what would soon be known as “soul music.” But while Ray Charles, James Brown, and Sam Cooke have all assumed hallowed places in the pantheon of soul music forefathers, Wilson is largely overlooked. Truth to tell, only Cooke could hold a candle to Wilson's widespread influence, and the two shared a lot. They both had versatile voices and matinee-idol looks to make the ladies swoon. They both merged gospel and R&B with pop to invent a whole new genre of African-American music. But when it came to stage presentation, not even Cooke could compete with Wilson, whose dance moves and microphones tricks electrified a generation of black performers, including the entire Motown roster. Wilson would have two of his greatest successes in the mid-Sixties with the Motown-influenced tracks “Whispers (Getting Louder)” (presented here in an unfortunate remix) and “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher,” but “Lonely Teardrops,” “That’s Why (I Love You So),” and “Am I the Man” should give you an idea of just how electrifying Wilson was to a generation of soul music hopefuls that ranged from Marvin Gaye to Van Morrison.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
45 Ratings
45 Ratings
Bobby Bee ,

Bobby Bee

'Mr. Excitement' - SIMPLY! Every time i hear another one of his hits I want to download it!!

oiwf ,

One of Michael Jackson

As a Michael Jackson fan, I decided to learn something about artists that influenced him. Too bad there aren't many videos of Jackie Wilson performing because MJ's stage presence was greatly influenced by this man. If you enjoy soul, RB, or just a plain powerful, beautiful male voice with a an awesome range, this album is for you! I previewed both this album and the Ultimate Jackie Robinson album and decided this had more interesting and enjoyable songs to listen to. so I bought this one. I do remember Lonely Teardrops a little bit from when I was a kid. This album has many songs that as good as that one.

oilmanowen ,

MR EXCITEMENT............

I was very fortunate to have seen jackie perform here in N.Y........it was about 1965.....Just before I went to Vietnam, well we were in the first row,Jackie came on and the place was electrafied.....he was wearing a tuxedo, as many performers back then did......well in about 2 min.the place was rockin.he opened his shirt , took off his jacket and I thought the girls were going to pass out........he performed has he always did ....!!
What a talent!!!!.i can listen to these songs of his.and picture him all over again........this album is a wonderful tribute.to the talent of awonderful singer that left us much to young.........his vocal range in my opinion is Unserpased by anyone today.....purchase this album...in my opinion and you will enjoy a vocal talent that will never be equaled

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