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Jackie Wilson earned the nickname "Mr Excitement" for his performances as one of the most dynamic and electrifying soul singers of the '50s and '60s, with an extraordinary four-octave vocal range and an ability to deliver up-tempo rockers and dramatic semi-operatic ballads with equal credibility and panache. He made his first solo records in 1953 under the name Sonny Wilson for Dizzy Gillespie's Dee Gee label, before joining Billy Ward & The Dominoes as a replacement for Clyde McPhatter, when the latter went solo. Wilson, in turn, embarked on a solo career in 1956 for the Brunswick label, scoring a landmark hit with his first release "Reet Petite", and going on to chalk up fifty hits before suffering a disabling heart attack in 1975, which ended his career, with thirty of those hits coming during the years covered by this collection. Great-value 55-track 2-CD set comprising the A & B sides of all his singles during the era for the Dee Gee and Brunswick labels, which as well as "Reet Petite" features the Top 10 hits "To Be Loved", "Lonely Teardrops", "Night" & "Alone At Last" along with his other chart entries from the era. Also included are bonus tracks from six of his albums released during from these years. It's a worthy showcase for a unique talent.

  1. Rainy Day Blues
  2. Rockaway Rock
  3. Danny Boy
  4. Reet Petite (The Finest Girl You Ever Want to Meet)
  5. By the Light of the Silvery Moon
  6. To Be Loved
  7. Come Back to Me
  8. As Long As I Live
  9. I'm Wanderin'
  10. We Have Love
  11. Singing a Song
  12. Lonely Teardrops
  13. In the Blue of the Evening
  14. That's Why (I Love You So)
  15. Love Is All
  16. I'll Be Satisfied
  17. Ask
  18. You Better Know It
  19. Never Go Away
  20. Talk That Talk
  21. Only You, Only Me
  22. Night
  23. Doggin' Around
  24. A Woman, a Lover, a Friend
  25. (You Were Made for) All My Love
  26. Alone at Last
  27. Am I the Man
  28. My Empty Arms
  29. The Tear of the Year
  30. Please Tell Me Why
  31. Your One and Only Love
  32. I'm Comin' on Back to You
  33. Lonely Life
  34. Years from Now
  35. You Don't Know What It Means
  36. The Way I Am
  37. My Heart Belongs to Only You
  38. The Greatest Hurt
  39. There'll Be No Next Time
  40. I Found Love
  41. There's Nothing Like Love
  42. Hearts
  43. Sing (And Tell the Blues So Long)
  44. I Just Can't Help It
  45. My Tale of Woe
  46. Forever and a Day
  47. Baby That's All
  48. What Good Am I Without You
  49. A Girl Named Tamiko
  50. It's So Fine
  51. Each Time (I Love You More)
  52. So Much
  53. Nothin' But the Blues
  54. You Cried
  55. Cry
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