Jackie Wilson on Catfish Alley

February 17, 2009

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That was a great column on Sunday about Catfish Alley ... and I loved the title! 

 


It reminded me of a story that the late Ginnie Harris told me about her nephew Jackie Wilson. Jackie''s parents, Jack & Eliza Ransom Wilson were born in Lowndes County and later moved to Wayne, Mich., where Jackie was born. 

 


After his rise to fame in the 1960s when his most famous hit; "Lonely Teardrops" was climbing the charts, he was visiting his relatives in Columbus and happened to stop by Joe Hanna''s Dry Goods store. Mr. Joe had watched Jackie growing up on his frequent visits to Columbus and was so proud of his success that he offered him anything that he wanted from the store. Jackie, who had plenty of "city clothes," opted for a new pair of overalls. Soon a crowd gathered and local musicians put together a band and Jackie gave an impromptu concert right there in the alley. 

 


It would be fun to hear from anyone who was around at that time who can fill in or add to this story.