Personalities | Wilson Pickett | Sixties | Rock

(Vocals, 1941–2006)

After an early career with the seminal R&B group The Falcons (he replaced Eddie Floyd as lead singer), Pickett signed with Atlantic in 1965, recording with Booker T. And The M.G.s at Stax in Memphis, and scored an early hit with ‘In The Midnight Hour’, first of many successes characterized by mighty horn stabs, vigorous bass lines and his impassioned soul shouting. Next, he worked with The Muscle Shoals band at Fame Studios, and more hits followed, many of them becoming dance band standards, including ‘Mustang Sally’ and ‘Land Of 1000 Dances’.

An album with Philly soul gurus Gamble and Huff kept the hits coming in the early 1970s, but when he quit Atlantic in 1972 the well dried up. A 1987 LP for Motown was a case of wrong place, wrong time. He died in 2006 having made a lasting mark on Southern soul and dance music; The Commitments were among performers at his memorial concert.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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