Rhythm and Blues
Jackie Wilson’s “Baby Workout” presents some of his fine work as a rock and roll artist and is a good example of 1960s music. “Mr. Excitement” combined a beautiful, clear voice with his own style of athletic dance moves and always gave an incredible performance. It’s hard to believe he can do knee-drops and splits in those pants. “Baby Workout” was written by Jackie Wilson and Alonzo Tucker. It went to #5 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the R&B chart in 1963. He performed the song on The Ed Sullivan Show and later on Shindig.
Jack Leroy “Jackie” Wilson, Jr. (1934-1984), from Detroit, had more than 50 singles in many genres, including R&B, rock and roll, pop, and soul. His musical pioneering and performing influenced generations of artists. His athleticism and energy showed in his performances. He was known for his four-octave range and for being a charismatic showman.