August 10, 2009

Mod-A-Day: Jackie Wilson

There's no better way to kick off a Monday than with some sweet soul music, from one of the sweetest voiced soul singers of all time: Jackie Wilson. Wilson was a 50s doowopper and R&B singer that was able to jump full force into the sixties soul sound. He's probably best known for "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher", but his Kent singles were much better -- swingin' harder, and every one smoother than a baby's butt. Especially this one here "Nothing But Blue Skies". Wilson's personal life was plagued with scandals and health problems. He was shot by angry ex girlfriend early in his career, but recovered. Then in 1975 he collapsed on stage and slipped into a coma, never to regain consciousness, dying nine years later. But that smooth soul voice lives on.

Jackie Wilson -- Nothing But Blue Skies