The man who became known “Mr. Excitement” was honored with a five-point salute on Sept. 4. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce praised soul singer and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jackie Wilson with a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, it’s 2,672nd.
Born in Detroit on June 9, 1934, Jackie Wilson launched his career singing with the Ever-Ready Gospel Singers before going solo in November 1957 with his debut single “Reet Petite (The Finest Girl You Ever Want to Meet),” written by Berry Gordy Jr. and Billy Davis.
Gordy, Marshall Thompson and Smokey Robinson will be in attendance to help unveil Wilson’s star, well deserved for the man who gripped audiences with his dazzling moves and four-octave range. His widow and former model Harlean Harris Wilson was scheduled to accept the award and speak at the ceremony, but she died just days ago.
“Though we are deeply saddened that Harlean will not be with us physically to accept Jackie’s star on Sept. 4, we are certain that she will be there with Jackie in spirit,” said Paul Tarnopol of Brunswick Records, Jackie’s label.
Ana Martinez, Hollywood Walk of Fame producer, says, “The late, great Jackie Wilson is one of the most important and influential recording artists of his generation!” Mr. Excitement was known to cross genres and blend the sounds of doo-wop, R&B, soul and rock ‘n’ roll. Martinez adds, “He is a man who broke barriers and inspired many young singers.”