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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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(age 49) in New Jersey, USA

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Known For

Ghostbusters II Soundtrack
(1989)
Date Night Soundtrack
(2010)
Coming to America Soundtrack
(1988)
High Fidelity Soundtrack
(2000)

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 2021 The Birthday Cake (performer: "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear", "The First Noel", "O Little Town of Bethlehem")
 2020 The Emily Atack Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Growing Up (2020) ... (performer: "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher")
 2020 Nadiya Bakes (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
- Baking with Chocolate (2020) ... (performer: "I Get the Sweetest Feeling" - uncredited)
 2020 Sylvie's Love (performer: "To Be Loved")
 2019 Watchmen (TV Mini Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- A God Walks into Abar (2019) ... (performer: "A Woman, A Lover, A Friend" - uncredited)
 2019 Hitsville: The Making of Motown (Documentary) (performer: "Reet Petite")
 2019 Stranger Things (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Chapter Eight: The Battle of Starcourt (2019) ... (performer: "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher" - uncredited)
 2019 Final Score (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #18.24 (2019) ... (performer: "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher" - uncredited)
 2018 The Midnight Gang (TV Movie) (performer: "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher" - uncredited)
 2017-2018 I'm a Celebrity... Extra Camp (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes)
- Episode #3.19 (2018) ... (performer: "Reet Petite (The Finest Girl You Ever Want to Meet)" - uncredited)
- Episode #2.16 (2017) ... (performer: "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher" - uncredited)
 2018 The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Midnight at the Concord (2018) ... (performer: "I'll Be Satisified")
 2018 The Grinch (performer: "Deck the Halls")
 2016-2018 Britain's Got Talent (TV Series) (performer - 3 episodes)
- 2018: Auditions 1 (2018) ... (performer: "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher" - uncredited)
- 2016: Auditions 3 (2016) ... (performer: "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher" - uncredited)
- 2016: Auditions 2 (2016) ... (performer: "Reet Petite (The Finest Girl You Ever Want to Meet)" - uncredited)
 2017 Cannonball (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.1 (2017) ... (performer: "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher" - uncredited)
 2016 Jane the Virgin (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Chapter Forty-Eight (2016) ... (performer: "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher" - uncredited)
 2016 Dead Bullet (performer: "Your One And Only Love")
 2016 World Championship Snooker (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- 2016: Day 1, Part 2 (2016) ... (performer: "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher" - uncredited)
 2016 Call the Midwife (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #5.7 (2016) ... (performer: "My Heart Belongs to Only You" - uncredited)
 2016 BetVictor Welsh Open (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- 2016: Day Three - Part 1 (2016) ... (performer: "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher" - uncredited)
 2015 Ballers (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Machete Charge (2015) ... (performer: "Whispers (Getting Louder)")
 2015 Britain's Got More Talent (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- 2015: Live Semi-Final 4 (2015) ... (performer: "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher" - uncredited)
 2015 The Following (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- New Blood (2015) ... (performer: "Soul Galore" - uncredited)
 2013 Serangoon Road (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.9 (2013) ... (performer: "Say I Do")
 2013 Bad Grandpa (performer: "Think Twice (Version X)")
  Dancing with the Stars (TV Series) (2 episodes, 2005 - 2013) (performer - 2 episodes, 2007 - 2009)
- Latin Night (2013) ... ("Reet Petite")
- Round Nine (2009) ... (performer: "Reet Petite")
- Round 2 (2007) ... (performer: "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher")
- Round Three (2005) ... ("Reet Petite")
 2013 Vera (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Prodigal Son (2013) ... (performer: "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher" - uncredited)
 2012 New Girl (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Santa (2012) ... (performer: "Deck the Halls" - uncredited)
 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")
 2011 Femme Fatales (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Behind Locked Doors (2011) ... (performer: "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher" - uncredited)
 2010 The Solitude of Prime Numbers (performer: "Pledging My Love")
 2010 Mafia II (Video Game) (performer: "RAGS TO RICHES", "THAT'S WHY (I LOVE YOU SO)" - uncredited)
 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")
 2009 Uutishuone (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Pelkistettyä todellisuutta (2009) ... (performer: "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher")
 2008 2 Alone in Paris (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 UK (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 Mini Series) (performer: "I Get The Sweetest Feeling")
 2000 High Fidelity (performer: "I Get The Sweetest Feeling")
 2000 American Women (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")
 1998 What Rats Won't Do (performer: "(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher")
 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)")
 1994 Murphy Brown (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The More Things Stay the Same (1994) ... (performer: "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher" - uncredited)
 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 Mortal Sins (performer: "No Pity In The Naked City") / (writer: "No Pity In The Naked City")
 1989 Ghostbusters II (performer: "Higher and Higher")
 1988 The Good Mother (performer: "Up Tight (Everything's Alright)")
 1988 Shag (performer: "Baby Work Out") / (writer: "Baby Work Out")
 1988 Coming to America (performer: "To Be Loved")
 1987 The Best of Bandstand: The Superstars (Video short) (performer: "Lonely Teardrops")
 1987 Cyndi Lauper in Paris (Video) (writer: "Baby Workout")
 1987 Hittimittari (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes)
- Episode #3.14 (1987) ... (performer: "Reet Petite")
- Episode #3.12 (1987) ... (performer: "Reet Petite")
 1986 Top of the Pops (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 25 December 1986 (1986) ... (performer: "Reet Petite")
 1986 Crime Story (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Pilot (1986) ... (performer: "Doggin' Around")
 1978 The Magic of David Copperfield (TV Special) (performer: "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher")
 1978 American Hot Wax (performer: "Lonely Teardrops")
 1968 A Lovely Way to Die (performer: "A Lovely Way to Die")
 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 - 6 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", "I'm So Lonely")
- Shirley Ellis, Jackie Wilson, Bobby Goldsboro, Standells (1965) ... (performer: "Gonna Mess Up a Good Thing", "Danny Boy", "Sing (and Tell the Blues So Long)") / (writer: "Sing (and Tell the Blues So Long)")
 1961 Teenage Millionaire (performer: "The Way I Am", "Lonely Life")
 1959 Go, Johnny, Go! (performer: "YOU BETTER KNOW IT") / (writer: "YOU BETTER KNOW IT")
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Single: "Baby Workout" / "I'm Going Crazy" (Brunswick Records) See more »

Publicity Listings:

4 Portrayals | See more »

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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

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.

Trivia:

Posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. See more »

Trademark:

Four octave vocal range See more »

Nickname:

Mr. Entertainment See more »

Star Sign:

Gemini

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