Add another name to the growing list of artist recreations by Hologram USA: Jackie Wilson. The R&B legend will star in a full stage show with a tour launching in 2017, co-produced by FilmOn TV Networks and distributed online by FilmOn.com.
Nicknamed Mr. Excitement, Wilson was a dynamic entertainer whose mesmerizing dance moves and pioneering crossover success influenced a host of future stars including Michael Jackson. In fact, after Thriller won the Grammy for album of the year in 1984, Jackson dedicated his award to Wilson.
Between 1958 and 1970, Wilson charted 16 top 10 R&B hits and six top 10 pop hits. He topped the R&B singles chart six times, starting with 1958’s “Lonely Teardrops” (No. 7 on pop). The Detroit native’s additional No. 1’s included “You Better Know It,” “Doggin’ Around,” “A Woman, a Lover, a Friend,” “Baby Workout” and radio perennial “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher.” Wilson, inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, slipped into a coma after collapsing onstage in 1975. He died in 1984.
In a statement announcing Hologram USA’s latest artist recreation, CEO Alki David said, “Everything you expect from an exciting ‘rock star’ stage show was invented by Jackie Wilson: the leaps, spins and back-flips, not to mention his amazing four-octave range.” David’s partners in mounting the new show are Plateau Music Nashville CEO Tony Mantor and the Wilson family.