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For the first time in history, the real story of Jackie Wilson's life will be told. You will be able to read first hand accounts of this icon's life as narrated by his  daughter, Brenda Wilson. Relive the rich history and heritage of Jackie Wilson. He was a father, a great entertainer, a visionary, a trailblazer and an extraordinary singer. His voice will never be forgotten or silenced and see pictures that have never been published.

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Born in 1934 in Detroit, Michigan, Jackie Leroy Wilson, Jr. "Mr. Excitement" was a dynamic soul performer during the 1950s and '60s who successfully crossed over from the rhythm-and-blues charts to pop music, paving the way for a generation of African-American performers. Wilson first gained fame with the group Billy Ward and his Dominoes, which he joined in 1953. He became a solo act in 1957. His first major hit, "Lonely Teardrops," was released in 1958. More successful songs soon followed, including "Night" in 1960, "Baby Workout" in 1963 and "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher" in 1967. Wilson collapsed on stage in 1975 and spent remainder of his life in a coma. He died in New Jersey in 1984, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. In August of 2013, Jackie Wilson was inducted into the Official R&B Music Hall of Fame.

Michael Jackson's tribute to Jackie Wilson at the 1984 Grammy Awards

Michael Jackson honored Jackie Wilson at the 1984 Grammy Awards. Jackson dedicated his Album of the Year Grammy for Thriller to Wilson, saying, "In the entertainment business, there are leaders and there are followers. And I just want to say that I think Jackie Wilson was a wonderful entertainer...Jackie, where you are I want to say I love you and thank you so much."

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Jackie Wilson was a dynamic and powerful soul performer during the 1950s and '60s who successfully crossed over from rhythm and blues to pop music.

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