JACKIE WILSON – No 1 In The UK 35 Years Ago With The Song That Funded MOTOWN RECORDS

Top singles from the past

27 December 2021

Artist: JACKIE WILSON
Who: American soul singer
June 9, 1934 – January 21, 1984
Active: 1953–1975

Single: REET PETITE
Authors: Written by Berry Gordy, Gwen Gordy Fuqua, and Wilson‘s cousin Roquel “Billy” Davis. Its title was taken from the Louis Jordan song ‘Reet, Petite and Gone‘. It was Jackie Wilson‘s first recording as a solo artist.

Score: The song peaked at number 62 on the Billboard Hot 100 in September 1957 and reached #6 in the UK. With the success of the song, Gordy was able to fund the launch
of Motown Records.

A reissue in 1986 following the showing of a clay animation video on the BBC took
the song to the top of the UK Charts on 27 December 1986, today 35 years ago.
Almost three years after Wilson‘s death. It sold over 700,000 copies.

Oh, oh, oh, oh,
Oh, oh, oh, oh,
Reet petite, the finest girl
you ever wanna meet

JACKIE WILSON: History

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