Wilson Pickett was born March 18, 1941 and he died January 19, 2006.
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 US Billboard Hot 100.
The early hit I Found A Love with The Falcons (audio only 1962):
Wilson Pickett was one of the rawest and sweatiest, singing some of soul’s best dancefloor grooves. He had hits a plenty: “In the Midnight Hour,” “Land of 1000 Dances,” “Mustang Sally,” and “Funky Broadway” and more.
He is often a preferred alternative of fans who like their soul on the raw side. He also played an important part in establishing Southern soul as a vital part of the soul genre.
His hits were often written and recorded with the very best of the session musicians in Memphis and Muscle Shoals.
The impact of Pickett’s songwriting and recording led to his 1991 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Land of 1000 Dances – Live:
There are very few songs by “The Wicked” Picket on Spotify so we have included a fabulous radio documentary from BBC. Roger Daltrey, lead singer of The Who and a Wilson Pickett fan, tells the story of the soul legend:
I have to include an audio clip of my favourite Pickett recording, Engine #9:
Fantastic song, what a groove!