Jackie Wilson Backing Tracks – Baby Workout … Doggin Around … Lonely Teardrops … Reet Petite … Sweetest Feeling … To Be Loved … Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher …
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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Born in 1934 in Detroit, Michigan, Jackie Wilson 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.
Wilson started out singing gospel music. As a teenager, he was also a successful Golden Gloves boxer. Wilson’s mother reportedly asked him to stop boxing, so he picked a different direction for himself. In 1953, Wilson made music his career, joining Billy Ward and his Dominoes (also known as Billy Ward and the Dominoes) as the group’s lead singer; he was brought in to replace Clyde McPhatter.
In 1957, Jackie Wilson released his first solo single, “Reet Petite (The Finest Girl You Want to Meet).” He made it onto the pop charts the following year with “To Be Loved.” In December 1958, Wilson scored his first No. 1 R&B hit with “Lonely Teardrops”; this upbeat song of heartbreak was also a Top 10 hit on the pop charts.
Continuing to ride a wave of success, Wilson went on to make the charts over and over again with a variety of songs. He showed his passion for opera with 1960’s “Night,” a song based on an aria from Samson and Delilah by Camille Saint-Saens. That same year, Wilson landed at the top of the R&B charts with the ballad “Doggin’ Around,” and his 1963 song, “Baby Workout,” drove listeners to the dance floor and became another R&B chart-topper for Wilson. He scored his last major hit in 1967 with “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher.”
Jackie Wilson Backing Tracks
Baby Workout … Doggin Around … Lonely Teardrops … Reet Petite … Sweetest Feeling … To Be Loved … Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher …