Wilson, Jackie – Reet Petite (The Sweetest Girl In Town)

In the middle of my somewhat eclectic record collection there was the odd pearl.  This is one of those pearls.

Of course, I wasn’t around when this was first released, way back in 1957 but I made amends when it was released again in 1986.  Released in the November, it entered the UK singles chart on 29 November, hitting the number one spot on 27 December, making it the UK’s Christmas number one.

Even then, it took me a further three months until 26 March 1987 to get my act together and finally buy it.  As you can see, mine is a plain record sleeve – I guess that they must have run out of the pucker version with the clay model of Wilson on the front.

The track was written by Motown founder Berry Gordy and Wilson’s cousin Billy Davis.  Its original success in reaching number 6 in the UK singles chart in 1957, may have been a contributory factor in the setting up of that record label.

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