Friday, January 21, 2011
Jackie Wilson's life ended on this day in 1984 after lying in a comatose state for eight years. A sad and terrible ending for a beautiful singer with the nickname of "Mr. Excitement."
Wilson's solo career produced nine hit singles including "Lonely Teardrops" - the song he is mostly known for. Reading up on Jackie's life on Wikipedia I was surprised by how tragedy followed him. He had been shot twice, three of his children died at a young age, two by violent crime and finally, the onstage heart attack while performing his signature song that he managed to survive only to end up in a coma, and living in a vegetative state for the final years of his life.
My heart is fine, fine, lonely teardrops.
Why, they'll never dry up? Lonely teardrops.
Bonus video: In 1985, The Commodores released "Nightshift" their tribute song to Jackie Wilson and Marvin Gaye - two legends who had died the year before.
Thanks to Tavikitty for the upload to YouTube