Jack Leroy "Jackie" Wilson Jr. (June 9, 1934 – January 21, 1984) was a highly influential American singer,songwriter and performer, and a 1987 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee. Wilson was important in the transition of rhythm and blues into soul.He was also known as a master showman, and as one of the most dynamic singer/performers in R&B and Rock history. Gaining fame in his early years as a member of the R&B vocal group The Dominoes, he went solo in 1957 and recorded over 50 hit singles that spanned R&B, pop, soul, doo-wop and easy listening. During a 1975 benefit concert, he collapsed on-stage from a heart attack and subsequently fell into a coma that persisted for nearly nine years. By the time of his death in 1984, he had become one of the most influential soul artists of his generation.