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Jackie Wilson (I) (1934–1984)

Jackie "Sonny" Wilson was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in Highland Park, the only son of Jack and Eliza Mae Wilson from Columbus, Mississippi. His father was an alcoholic and constantly unemployed, and his mother, who had lost two earlier children, doted on Jackie and became a powerful influence in his life. He began to sing at an early ... See full bio »


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 2015 Ballers (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Machete Charge (2015) ... (performer: "Whispers (Getting Louder)")
 2013 Serangoon Road (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.9 (2013) ... (performer: "Say I Do")
 2013 Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (performer: "Think Twice (Version X)")
 2005-2013 Dancing with the Stars (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Latin Night (2013) ... ("Reet Petite")
- Round Three (2005) ... ("Reet Petite")
 2012 The Sapphires ("Lonely Teardrops")
 2011 Late Show with David Letterman (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #19.35 (2011) ... (writer: "Baby Workout" - uncredited)
 2011 So You Think You Can Dance Canada (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Top 10 Performance (2011) ... (performer: "Reet Petite")
 2010 SoulBoy (performer: "Soul Galore")
 2010 Date Night (performer: "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher")
 2010 Dancing on Ice (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes)
- Episode #5.13 (2010) ... (performer: " (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher")
- Episode #5.12 (2010) ... (performer: " (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher")
 2008 Seuls Two (performer: "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher")
 2007 Norbit (performer: "(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher")
 2006 So You Think You Can Dance (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Top 6 Perform (2006) ... (performer: "Reet Petite")
 2006 Take the Lead (performer: "Baby Workout") / (writer: "Baby Workout")
 2004 The X Factor (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Auditions 2 (2004) ... (performer: "I Get the Sweetest Feeling" - uncredited)
 2004 Against the Ropes ("Baby Workout") / (performer: "Baby Workout")
 2002 Skeppsholmen (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.6 (2002) ... (performer: "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher")
 2002 Death to Smoochy (performer: " (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher")
 2001 Sweet November (performer: "Baby Work Out") / (writer: "Baby Work Out")
 2001 Blow Dry (performer: "I Get The Sweetest Feeling")
 2000 The Kid (performer: " (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher")
 2000 Jam (TV Series) ("The Sweetest Feeling")
 2000 High Fidelity (performer: "I Get The Sweetest Feeling")
 2000 The Closer You Get (performer: "I Get The Sweetest Feeling")
 1999 K-911 (Video) (performer: "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher", "Baby Workout") / (writer: "Baby Workout")
 1999 The Bachelor (performer: "Your Love Keeps Lifting Me (Higher and Higher)")
 1998 Dance with Me (performer: "Baby Workout") / (writer: "Baby Workout")
 1997 Two Girls and a Guy (performer: "You Don't Know Me")
 1997 Telling Lies in America (performer: "Lonely Teardrops")
 1995 Operation Dumbo Drop (performer: "(YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER")
 1994 Takin' Over the Asylum (TV Mini-Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Fly Like an Eagle (1994) ... (performer: " (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher")
 1994 Corrina, Corrina (performer: "REET PETITE (THE SWEETEST GIRL IN TOWN)")
 1993 When Pigs Fly (performer: "DANNY BOY")
 1993 The Night We Never Met (performer: "(Your Love Keeps Liftin' Me) Higher and Higher")
 1993 Born Yesterday (performer: "BABY WORK OUT") / (writer: "BABY WORK OUT")
 1992 That Night (performer: "DOGGIN' AROUND")
 1992 Innocent Blood (producer: "Night")
 1990 Mermaids (performer: "Baby Workout") / (writer: "Baby Workout")
 1990 The Wonder Years (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Don't You Know Anything About Women? (1990) ... (performer: "Your Love, Keeps Lifting Me Higher" - uncredited)
 1989 Ghostbusters II (performer: "Higher and Higher")
 1989/I Shag (performer: "Baby Work Out") / (writer: "Baby Work Out" - as Wilson)
 1988 The Good Mother (performer: "Up Tight (Everything's Alright)")
 1988 Coming to America (performer: "To Be Loved")
 1987 The Best of Bandstand: The Superstars (Video short) (performer: "Lonely Teardrops")
 1978 The Magic of David Copperfield (TV Special) (performer: "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher")
 1978 American Hot Wax (performer: "Lonely Teardrops")
 1966 Hippodrome (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.5 (1966) ... (writer: "Squeeze Her - Tease Her (But Love Her)")
  Hollywood a Go Go (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes, 1965) (writer - 2 episodes, 1965)
- Episode #1.49 (1965) ... (performer: "Georgia on My Mind", "Baby Workout") / (writer: "Baby Workout")
- Episode #1.31 (1965) ... (performer: "Baby Workout", "No Pity (In the Naked City)") / (writer: "Baby Workout", "No Pity (In the Naked City)")
  Shindig! (TV Series) (writer - 5 episodes, 1964 - 1965) (performer - 4 episodes, 1964 - 1965)
- Episode #2.16 (1965) ... (performer: "The Way I Am", "I Believe I'll Love On", "Baby Workout") / (writer: "Baby Workout")
- Episode #1.51 (1965) ... (writer: "Baby Work Out")
- Episode #1.42 (1965) ... (performer: "That's Why (I Love You So)", "No Pity in the Naked City", "I'm So Lonely", "Shake! Shake! Shake!") / (writer: "No Pity in the Naked City")
- Episode #1.28 (1965) ... (performer: "Gonna Mess Up a Good Thing", "Danny Boy", "Sing")
- Episode #1.22 (1965) ... (writer: "You Better Know It")
 1961 Teenage Millionaire (performer: "The Way I Am", "Lonely Life")
 1959 Go, Johnny, Go! (performer: "YOU BETTER KNOW IT")
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Single: "Please Tell Me Why" / "Your One And Only Love" (Brunswick Records) See more »

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A lot of people have accused [Elvis Presley] of stealing the black man's music, when in fact almost every black solo entertainer copied his stage mannerisms from Elvis.


Cited as a major influence for his dance moves by singers James Brown and Michael Jackson, who both have their own signature dance styles. See more »


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