jackie wilson

jackie wilson

Jackie Wilson 'Reet Petite' 1957 78 rpm

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Jackie's first solo release after leaving Billy Ward and the Dominoes, was a UK #6 and US #62 hit in 1957. It was re released in the UK in 1986 reaching #1 Backing by Dick Jacobs and his orchestra, Reet Petite was co written by Berry Gordy jr who 2 years later founded Tamla Records. Jackie proved to be a dynamic live act earning the nickname 'Mr Entertainment' it was during a show in 1975 whilst singing his hit Lonely Teardrops he suffered a massive heart attack hitting his head as he fell he lapsed into a coma he died 9 years later on January 21 1984. Due to the corrupt running of his record label he was in debt to the IRS and buried in an unmarked grave. In 1987 a fundraiser donated money to erect a headstone. In 1976 Nat Tarnopol and 18 Brunswick executives were found guilty of tax evasion and mail fraud and also of owing $1m to Jackie, this was overturned on appeal but the judge said Jackie still had a case for the royalties, however as he was now in aterminal coma the case was never brought.