Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to see the late, great,Jackie Wilson grace the stage? Well, you’re about to be given that opportunity.
Amazingly, starting in 2017, the world will once again be able to see not only Jackie Wilson, but a whole host of late entertainers via a hologram developed by Hologram USA. The company came to the world’s attention in 2012 with the projection of Tupac Shakur on stage at the Coachella festival.
Hologram USA has since developed, or is developing, holograms of superstars like Whitney Houston, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Billie Holiday and Patsy Cline.
In a statement from Hologram USA, CEO Alki David said, “Everything you expect from an exciting ‘rock star’ stage show was invented by Jackie Wilson: the leaps, spins and back-flips, not to mention his amazing four-octave range.”
Wilson who became a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, was inducted, of course, for his velvet voice and amazing songs. But, let’s not forget that Wilson had an amazing stage presence. In fact, Jackie was known in the music business as “Mr. Excitement.”
Jackie Wilson hit the charts in 1958 with “Lonely Teardrops”. He would continue to have hit after hit with tracks like “Alone at Last”, “Night”, “My Empty Arms”, “Baby Workout” and the classic “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher”.
Jackie Wilson died on January 21, 1984 at the age of 49. In 1975, in a cruel twist of fate doing what he loved, Wilson collapsed on stage after suffering a heart attack and slipped into a coma. He remained in the coma until his death eight years later.
Thanks to Hologram USA, his virtual spirit will live on.