Lonely TeardropseBook - 2005
"When Jackie Wilson died in 1984, he was buried in a pauper's grave, without even a simple marker. Yet, at his peak, he was one of the 20th century's finest singing talents who, between 1957 and 1968, achieved twenty-four Top 40 hits in the United States with tracks like "To be Loved," "Higher and Higher," and "I Get the Sweetest Feeling." In live performance, Wilson's amazing vocal range and gliding, rapturous style influenced Elvis Presley himself - and later Michael Jackson. Offstage, Wilson lived a life bent on self-destruction. Professionally controlled by the Mafia and hounded by the IRS, he embarked on three marriages and untold extra-marital affairs. He suffered massive alcohol dependency and chronic addiction to amphetamines and cocaine. Shot and critically wounded by a former girlfriend in 1961, he later suffered a heart attack in 1975 and remained in a coma until he death nearly nine years later. Written with the cooperation of Wilson's family, friends, and former lovers, Jackie Wilson is a portrait of musical genius and human tragedy."--Jacket.
Publisher: New York : Routledge, 2005
Characteristics: 1 online resource (272 pages,  pages of plates) : illustrations
Alternative Title: Lonely teardrops