Rock and Roll
This is one of the golden oldies that makes 1950s music so interesting, as artists pioneer new styles that cross the charts. “Lonely Teardrops” expresses a universal situation where sometimes we need “another chance for our romance.” The song was written by Berry Gordy, Gwendolyn Gordy (Berry’s sister), and Tyran Carlo (the pseudonym of Roquel “Billy” Davis, Jackie Wilson’s cousin). It was released in 1958 and went to #7 on the U.S. Pop Chart and #1 on the US R&B Chart. It became one of Wilson’s signature songs.
Jack Leroy “Jackie” Wilson, Jr., was born in Detroit on June 9, 1934. Wilson had more than 50 hit singles in many genres, including R&B, rock and roll, pop, and soul. His musical pioneering and dynamic performing style influenced generations of artists. Wilson combined a beautiful, clear voice with his own style of athletic dance moves and always gave an incredible performance, which made him known as “Mr. Excitement.” On September 29, 1975, while singing “Lonely Teardrops” at Dick Clark’s Gold Ol’ Rock and Roll Revue in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, Jackie Wilson had a heart attack and collapsed on stage. He was in a coma and then a semi-comatose state for many years, until his death in 1984.