Jackie Wilson

Soul music historian Robert Pruter once called Jackie Wilson “the most tragic figure in rhythm and blues.” How tragic? The one-time star spent the last eight years of his life as a virtual vegetable, a largely forgotten man whose contorted, brain-damaged body was shuffled from one nursing home to another while the IRS pursued him for over $200,000 in back taxes. At the same time, two women, each claiming to be Wilson’s wife, battled over his estate. Also tragic was that Wilson’s association with Berry Gordy Jr., co-author of his first five hits, should have turned out to be so brief. Had the... Read More

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