Jackie Wilson Works Out…Check out this Shindig episode featuring one of the greatest entertainers to ever come out of Detroit.

Jackie Wilson Works Out…Check out this Shindig episode featuring one of the greatest entertainers to ever come out of Detroit.

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Saturday, 21 November 2015
Detroit Music Station

Jackie_Wilson-03Long before Mike Nesmith created MTV, there were a host of great music programs on primetime network television where viewers could watch the popular music acts perform the hits of the time. These were the music videos of their day. Shows like Hootenanny, Hullabaloo, Shivery, and Where the Action Is featured stars from all genres of music – stars as diverse as Sonny and Cher and Glen Campbell to Bo Didley and The Kinks.

The granddaddy of all such shows was SHINDIG. Hosted by LA DJ Jimmy O’Neill, the show featured such musical giants The Beatles, Rolling Stones and Elvis Presley in its short 2-year run. Many Detroit acts were featured as well. Motown’s Four Tops, Supremes and Temptations all performed their hits on Shindig. So did Aretha Franklin and Jackie Wilson. Check out the end of this episode showing Jackie Wilson at his very best. Closing credits are rolling but that’s only because no one in their right mind wanted to ever follow Jackie on stage. Even Ricky Nelson wouldn’t headline this episode with a 10 foot pole.

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