In the history of soul, R&B and rock & roll, few performers could sing and perform the way “Mr. Excitement” Jackie Wilson did. Wilson’s career began in 1953 and ended in 1975 with a massive heart attack while performing on Dick Clark’s Good Ol' Rock and Roll Revue, which left Wilson unable to perform again and incapacitated until his passing on Jan. 21, 1984. This was just five months before he would’ve turned 50. In Wilson’s 22-year career, he had over 50 charting singles across several genres. Posthumously, Wilson is a two-time Grammy Hall of Fame inductee, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and was inducted into the National Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame. As of Sept. 4, 2019, Wilson now has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Wilson’s widow, Harlean Harris Wilson was set to receive the honor but sadly passed away at the age of 81 on Aug. 24. Accepting the plaque and proclamation of Jackie Wilson day in Hollywood were his two daughters and son.
The presenters were none other than the father of Motown Berry Gordy Jr., legendary singer and songwriter Smokey Robinson of the Miracles and the last surviving member of the original Chi-Lites, Marshall Thompson. Also, in attendance were the Supreme’s Mary Wilson, Robinson’s wife and the Miracles’, Claudette Rogers Robinson, and singer Jody Whatley.