American soul and R&B singer (1934–1984) best known for such hits as ‘To Be Loved’ and ‘Lonely Teardrops.’ After suffering a heart attack while onstage in 1975, Wilson remained in a coma until his death nearly a decade later at the age of 49. DS, two pages, 8.5 x 11, May 22, 1974. Wilson confirms ownership of the rights to a publicity photo and grants permission to Norm N. Nite and the Thomas Y. Crowell Company to “use said photo in the body of the work now known as The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock ’n Roll.” Neatly signed at the conclusion in blue ballpoint. Second page is a photocopy of the photo referenced. In fine condition, with scattered staining to second page. Accompanied by a full letter of authenticity from Roger Epperson/REAL. RR Auction COA.
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