Speaking of Jackie Wilson, here’s “Mr. Excitement” himself performing “Baby Workout” on Shindig in 1965. Even with all the constraints of a network television studio show, you can see the thru line from Jackie Wilson to Michael Jackson to, say, Bruno Mars.
They say that when someone told Elvis Presley about Wilson being called “The Black Elvis” Presley replied, “I guess that makes me the white Jackie Wilson“. High praise indeed, even if he did say it himself.
When Dire Straits’ first single, “Sultans Of Swing“, hit back in 1979 it sounded like nothing else on the radio at that time.
It still does.