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Jackie Wilson Biography
Jack Leroy “Jackie” Wilson (June 9, 1934 – January 21, 1984) was an American soul and R&B singer born in Detroit, Michigan, where he became active in the music business. He joined Billy Ward and his Dominoes in 1953, replacing Clyde McPhatter. After losing McPhatter, the group’s only recording success with Wilson came in June of 1956 with the single “St. Therese of The Roses” that reached number 13 on the Pop charts.
Wilson’s solo career begin with 1957’s “Reet Petite”, written by the then unknown Berry Gordy, Jr.