Wilson, Jackie

Wilson, (Jack Leroy) Jackie

(1934–84) vocalist; born in Detroit, Mich. A rhythm-and-blues singer who performed with acrobatic showmanship, he began with a local gospel group, the Ever Ready Singers, after deciding against a career in boxing. In 1951, he joined Billy Ward's Dominoes, a doo-wop group, and two years later he replaced his idol, Clyde McPhatter, as the group's unbilled lead singer. He remained with the Dominoes until 1957, exerting a strong influence on Elvis Presley and other emerging rock 'n' roll stars, but still unknown to the general public. He recorded his first hit record "Reet Petite" in 1957, and until 1967, when he released his last hit, "Higher and Higher," he toured regularly and made frequent appearances on Dick Clark, Ed Sullivan, and other television shows. In 1975 he suffered severe brain damage as the result of a fall during a performance on a Dick Clark revival show in Camden, N.J., where he remained hospitalized until his death. He was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
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Sci-fi drama, based on Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' graphic novel, starring Patrick Wilson, Jackie Earle Haley, Malin Akerman, Billy Crudup, MattheW Goode, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Carla Gugino and Matt FreWer.
Sci-fi drama, starring Patrick Wilson, Jackie Earl Haley and Malin Akerman.
Patrick Wilson, Jackie Earl Haley, Malin Akerman and Billy Crudup head the cast.
Other clubs used equally primitive scouting tactics, and it was rather weird, but among the Big Red draft choices that year were Larry Wilson, Jackie Smith, Mike McGee and Charley Johnson, all of whom had successful NFL careers.
Karen Wilson, Jackie Gallagher and Marty Gallagher from Gallan Properties on top of their new city centre investment
Kenroy Harrison, Tim Ward, Danny Wallace, David Wilson, Jackie Latham, Linda Callender, Lindsay Dibble and Debra Padgington took the honours for the over-40s, while Carol Hunt won her three games for the over-50s.