"Lonely Teardrops" was seminal vocalist Jackie Wilson's second charting single of his post-Dominoes solo career. The hit was penned by a Detroit songwriting team who wrote Wilson's first several hits -- the duo of Tyran Carlo (the pen name of Wilson's cousin Roquel Davis) and a pre-Motown Berry Gordy Jr. In the song, all of the instruments play a more percussive role. Heard are a tambourine, handclaps, a walking bass -- even the guitar just plucks the chord changes. This simple structure leaves the song wide open, allowing Wilson's acrobatic voice room to really move. His intense, soul-drenched delivery places this finger-popping shuffle into the realms of timeless hits. "Lonely Teardrops" was Wilson's first crossover single of the late '50s, holding the number one spot on the R&B charts for many weeks in 1958, and reaching the Top Ten on the pop charts early the following year. Still regarded as one of the best singles of the 1950s, this song that Wilson defined has been covered by many artists, including José Feliciano, teen idol pop singer Brian Hyland, Michael Jackson, and country singer Narvel Felts.