1. B261

From the recording Fountain of Tears

B261 is an ode to the tragic life of singer Jackie Wilson, known by many as “Mr. Excitement.” “B261” is so named for the number on the grave marker that was once Wilson’s only symbol noting where he was laid to rest after his death in 1984. Wilson had lingered in a coma for nine years after suffering a heart attack on stage performing in 1975. He died a relative pauper, thus the grave marker, but in the years following his death a proper headstone was erected by fans and music people. Wilson was a pioneer and was dubbed the “black Elvis Presley” by the media.  Upon hearing this, Presley referred to himself as the “white Jackie Wilson."


Medford Leas – my heart is crying
Burlington Rest Home – my heart is crying
Chitlin rockin’
Black Elvis, white Elvis
What’s a-matter here
B261 – a song left unsung
Hangin’ from my ankles – out the window
I won’t fuckin’ sign it – out the window
I’m a Detroit hero
Black Elvis, white Elvis
What’s a-matter here
A voice from the wilderness
Cries it’s the end of fear
White Elvis, black Elvis
What’s a-matter now
A voice so great, not stifled young
Or buried in the ground
B261 – a tomb left unknown
Cherry Hill Casino – my heart is crying
Dick Clark Revue – my heart is crying
Hit Men hunting
Black Elvis, white Elvis
What’s a-matter here…