The Platters’ SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES written by Jerome Kerns was held up by his widow until publisher Max Dreyfus helped change her mind by whispering gently, “Madame, this might be a million seller.” And it was in 1959.
JACKIE WILSON, along with Cab Calloway, Michael Jackson and a precious few others, could dazzle an audience into emotional exhaustion. Spins, knee drops and backflips into a full split and all that with a one- in-a-million voice. Just Youtube Danny Boy. But talent and boxing skill doesn’t always come with luck. In 1961 one of his lovers shot him 2 times. His 16-yr-old son was shot and killed in 1970. He fell off a stage in 75 and was paralyzed. His 24-yr-old daughter died of a heart attack in 77. Jackie died at 49 of pneumonia in 1984. His older daughter was killed in 1988. One of the great voices of our time deserved better.