7/12/17: Jackie Wilson “I Get the Sweetest Feeling”
Mister Excitement himself, Jackie Wilson, was right there with me when I opened my eyes to start the day. He was one of the most dynamic performers to ever take the stage – an incredible voice spanning four octaves, some big-time dance movies and an incredibly long line of hit records on the R&B and pop charts back in the ‘60s.
Jackie started out with Billy Ward and the Dominoes, but we went solo in 1957. For Wilson, the best was yet to come, since after he went solo he started a career that has influenced artists for years. That influence isn’t just in his music, either! It’s in his showmanship, his energetic performances and dynamic stage presence. The sky was the limit for this guy!
When he headlined Dick Clark’s Oldies Concert, however, he suffered a massive heart attack and collapsed on stage in the middle of his performance. He slipped into a coma for several months, and remained semi-conscious for the rest of his life. What a sad way to go for a guy with so much energy! He died in 1984, at the age of 49, and he left us with some mighty big hits and showbiz shoes to fill.
It was songs like “Baby Workout!” “That’s Why I Love You So,” “Lonely Teardrops,” “I’ll Be Satisfied,” “Whispers,” and – of course – “Higher and Higher.” That song is well-known to a younger generation to a lot of Wilson’s fans because of its inclusion in the first “Ghostbusters” movie.
For some reason, I had “I Get the Sweetest Feeling” echoing around in my head this morning, a song I haven’t heard in probably over a decade. It’s a sweet feeling to hear Jackie Wilson singing again, even though I hear him all the time in the voices of Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, James Brown and countless others.
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