We just flipped over a new year’s calendar and, as the years – and decades – fly by, we might forget some of the music greats that once thrilled us. Jackie Wilson is one of those we might not think about much anymore; I’d like to correct that, as we approach the 40th anniversary of his death this Sunday, January 21st. He was once called ‘Mr. Excitement’ for his incredible live performances – that directly influenced two show-business legends: Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson.
It’s painfully ironic that Jackie Wilson suffered a massive heart attack while performing on-stage; he spent years in a coma, before dying, and was buried in an unmarked grave. A complicated man, ex-boxer, who’s earliest hits helped build a record label called Motown; who blended gospel with R&B to pioneer soul music, while singing dance-floor classics and near-operatic ballads. The many ‘voices’ of Jackie Wilson and his fascinating life story in my spotlight this Sunday.
I’ll also salute the Canadian rockabilly legend Jack Scott, and dive back into the best of the 50s and 60s in our first-hour feature: ‘The Sunday Sock-Hop’. I hope you’ll tune in for ‘Vintage Favourites’ this Sunday (Jan.21) from 2:00 to 4:30.