Top performing superstars often are categorized by standards set in one specific genre mainly because of unique vocal styles. Many performers attempt crossovers from one genre to another, a difficult task for some while quite natural for others. Just because a star is a star does not mean he or she can two-step or waltz between standards. There have been a few greats, such as Ray Charles and Louis Armstrong and, of course, the one in the spotlight today who is definitely considered a successful crossover artist.
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Jackie Wilson: a dynamic and powerful soul performer during the '50s and '60s who successfully crossed over from rhythm and blues to pop music
As a dynamic soul performer during the '50s and '60s, Jackie Wilson successfully crossed over from the R&B charts to pop music, paving the way for a generation of African-American performers. Known as "Mr. Excitement", Wilson was important in the transition of rhythm and blues into soul. His first experience with success came with the joining of the group Billy Ward and his Dominoes in 1953. Wilson's first major hit, "Lonely Teardrops", topped the charts 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.
1986 Jackie Wilson had the UK Christmas No.1 single with 'Reet Petite (The Finest Girl You Want to Meet)' two years after Wilson's death, following its use in a commercial for Levi's. Written in 1957 by Berry Gordy and Tyran Carlo, the success of the song helped Gordy fund the launch of Motown Records.
2005 ‘Crazy Frog’ by Axel F was the best selling UK ringtone. ‘Tweet Tweet’ by Sweetie Chick was the second & ‘(Is This The Way To) Amarillo’ by Tony Christie & Peter Kay was the third biggest seller. The UK ringtone market was now worth more than double the value of the CD singles sales.
And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...