The forgotten man of American music....Mr. Excitement....Jackie Wilson. From 1967:
An electric performer, and a key influence on both Michael Jackson and James Brown - so indisputably one of the most significant figures in the birth of soul music and the mainstreaming of black popular culture. His tragic end may have helped his sad and inexplicable eclipse: he suffered a heart attack on stage in 1975 - at the age of only 41 - and spent the next eight years in a semi-comatose state. He died, largely forgotten, in January 1984.
In contrast to a later generation of black performers who converted to Islam, Wilson was a convert to Judaism.