R&B/Rock and Roll and soul

Wilson Pickett (March 18, 1941 – January 19, 2006) was an American R&B/Rock and Roll and soul singer and songwriter known for his raw, raspy, passionate vocal delivery. A major figure in the development of American soul music, Pickett recorded over 50 songs which made the US R&B charts, and frequently crossed over to the pop charts as well. Among his best known hits are „In The Midnight Hour” (which he co-wrote), „Land of 1,000 Dances”, „Mustang Sally”, and „Funky Broadway”. The impact of Pickett’s songwriting and recording led to his 1991 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Pickett was born March 18, 1941 in Prattville, Alabama, and grew up singing in Baptist church choirs.

He was the youngest of 11 children and called his mother „the baddest woman in my book,” telling historian Gerri Hirshey: „I get scared of her now. She used to hit me with anything, skillets, stove wood — (one time I ran away and) cried for a week. Stayed in the woods, me and my little dog.” Pickett eventually left to live with his father in Detroit in 1955.  Pickett’s forceful, passionate style of singing was developed in the church and on the streets of Detroit.

Pickett also recorded a demo for a song he co-wrote, called „If You Need Me.” A slow-burning soul ballad featuring a spoken sermon, Pickett sent the demo to Jerry Wexler, a producer at Atlantic Records. Wexler heard the demo and liked it so much, he gave it to one of the label’s own recording artists, Solomon Burke. Burke’s recording of „If You Need Me” became one of his biggest hits (#2 R&B, #37 pop) and is now considered a soul standard, but Pickett was crushed when he discovered that Atlantic had given away his song. „First time I ever cried in my life,” Pickett would later recall, notwithstanding the time as a child he cried for a week cited above. Pickett’s version of the song was released on Double L Records, and was a moderate hit, peaking at #30 R&B, #64 pop.

Pickett’s breakthrough came at Stax Records’ recording studio in Memphis, Tennessee, where he recorded his third Atlantic single, „In the Midnight Hour” (1965), perhaps his best-remembered hit, peaking at #1 R&B, #21 pop {US}, and #12 hit {UK}.

Outside of music, Pickett’s personal life was troubled. Even in his 1960s heyday, Pickett’s friends found him to be temperamental and preoccupied with guns; Don Covay described him as „young and wild”.

Pickett spent the twilight of his career playing dozens of concert dates a year until 2004, when he began suffering from health problems. While in the hospital, he returned to his spiritual roots and told his sister that he wanted to record a gospel album. But, sadly, he never recovered.

Pickett died of a heart attack January 19, 2006 in the hospital near his Ashburn, Virginia home and was buried next to his mother in Louisville, Kentucky. Pickett’s long-time friend, Little Richard, gave the eulogy and preached briefly at the funeral. Wilson spent many years in Louisville when his mother moved there from Alabama. He is considered an honorary son of the city. His funeral procession was flanked by well wishers welcoming him home.

Sursa: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilson_Pickett

In the Midnight Hour

Mustang Sally

Everybody needs someone to Love

ain’t no doubt about it

If You Need Me

Land Of 1,000 Dances

Fire And Water – Mama Told Me(Not To Come)

Hey Jude (with Bee Gees)


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