Wilson Pickett (March 18, 1941 - January 19, 2006) was a renowned R&B-soul singer and songwriter with a fiery and edgy style. Known as the "Wicked" Pickett, he was dubbed as being Atlantic Records' answer to James Brown.
"In The Midnight Hour" (1965) was the first of many signature songs to make Pickett a star. This song was followed by a long string of hits on both the R&B and Pop/Rock charts that included "634-5789 (Soulsville, U.S.A.)" (1966), "Mustang Sally" (1966), "Land Of 1000 Dances" (1966), "Funky Broadway" (1967), "Don't Let The Green Grass Fool You" (1971), and "Don't Knock My Love - Pt. 1" (1971).
Prior to going solo in 1963, Pickett had been a member of the Falcons who had a hit in 1962 with "I Found A Love" in which he sang the lead. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 and was honored with a Pioneer Award in 1993 by the Rhythm and Blues Foundation.
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- 634-5789 (Soulsville, U.S.A.) 1966
- Don't Knock My Love - Pt. 1 1971
(This song later also became a hit for Diana Ross & Marvin Gaye (1974).)
- Don't Let The Green Grass Fool You 1971
- Funky Broadway 1967
(This song also became a hit for Dyke & the Blazers (1967).)
- Hey Jude 1969
(This song previously topped the charts for the Beatles (1968).)
- I Found A Love - Part 1 1967
(This song was previously a hit for the Falcons (1962).)
- I'm A Midnight Mover 1968
- I'm In Love 1967
(This song later also became a hit for Aretha Franklin (1974).)
- In The Midnight Hour 1965
(This song later also became a hit for the Mirettes (1968), Cross Country (1973), and Samantha Sang (1979).)
- Land Of 1000 Dances 1966
(This song was previously a hit for Chris Kenner (1963), Cannibal & the Headhunters (1965), and Thee Midniters (1965) and later also became a hit for the Electric Indian (1969) and the J. Geils Band (1983).)
- Mustang Sally 1966
- She's Lookin' Good 1968
- Stag-O-Lee 1967
(This song (a.k.a. "Stagger Lee") previously topped the charts for Lloyd Price (1959) and later also became a hit for Tommy Roe (1971).)
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