Wilson Pickett

Wilson Pickett

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Wilson Pickett (March 18, 1941 – January 19, 2006) was an American R&B and soul singer. Known for his raw, passionate delivery, he was a major figure in the development of Southern soul music. One of the most popular black singers of the '60s, Wilson Pickett helped introduce the aggressive, rhythmic style of soul music. Aided immeasurably by the excellent studio bands backing him at the Stax Studios in Memphis, Tennessee, and the Fame Studio in Muscle Shoals Alabama, Pickett scored a series of R&B and pop hits on Atlantic Records between 1963 and 1972 that included "In the Midnight Hour... More Info »

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  • The Very Best of Wilson Pickett
    The Very Best of Wilson Pickett
  • Greatest Hits
    Greatest Hits
  • Rhino Hi-Five: Wilson Pickett
    Rhino Hi-Five: Wilson Pickett
  • The Definitive Wilson Pickett
    The Definitive Wilson Pickett
  • The Exciting Wilson Pickett
    The Exciting Wilson Pickett
  • The Wicked Pickett
    The Wicked Pickett
  • Hey Jude
    Hey Jude
  • Wilson Pickett: A Man And A Half
    Wilson Pickett: A Man And A Half
  • Pick It Wilson
    Pick It Wilson
  • Atlantic 60th: Soul, Sweat And Strut
    Atlantic 60th: Soul, Sweat And Strut
  • The Sound of Wilson Pickett
    The Sound of Wilson Pickett
  • If You Need Me
    If You Need Me
  • In the Midnight Hour
    In the Midnight Hour
  • A Man and a Half: The Best of Wilson Pickett
    A Man and a Half: The Best of Wilson Pickett
  • Wilson Pickett's Greatest Hits
    Wilson Pickett's Greatest Hits
  • I'm in Love
    I'm in Love
  • In Philadelphia
    In Philadelphia
  • Greatest Soul
    Greatest Soul
  • Down To My Last Heartbreak
    Down To My Last Heartbreak
  • The Soul Of Wilson Pickett
    The Soul Of Wilson Pickett
  • The Best of Wilson Pickett
    The Best of Wilson Pickett
  • Wilson Pickett - Funk Soul Brother
    Wilson Pickett - Funk Soul Brother
  • Don't Knock My Love
    Don't Knock My Love
  • The Midnight Mover
    The Midnight Mover
  • Rhino Hi-Five: Wilson Pickett [Vol. 2]
    Rhino Hi-Five: Wilson Pickett [Vol. 2]
  • Right On
    Right On
  • Chocolate Mountain
    Chocolate Mountain
  • A Funky Situation
    A Funky Situation
  • Soul Masters: A Man And A Half
    Soul Masters: A Man And A Half
  • Needing Me
    Needing Me
  • In the Midnight Hour and Other Hits
    In the Midnight Hour and Other Hits
  • The Essentials
    The Essentials
  • Soul Hits
    Soul Hits
  • It's Harder Now
    It's Harder Now
  • Take Your Pleasure Where You Find It: Best of the RCA Years
    Take Your Pleasure Where You Find It: Best of the RCA Years
  • Wilson Pickett: In The Midnight Hour
    Wilson Pickett: In The Midnight Hour
  • Baby Call On Me
    Baby Call On Me
  • It Ain't Easy: Essential Recordings
    It Ain't Easy: Essential Recordings
  • 16 Original Hits
    16 Original Hits
  • American Legend
    American Legend
  • American Soul Man
    American Soul Man
  • Definitive Collection
    Definitive Collection
  • Take Your Pleasure
    Take Your Pleasure

Wilson Pickett. Artist Bio

Wilson Pickett (March 18, 1941 – January 19, 2006) was an American R&B and soul singer. Known for his raw, passionate delivery, he was a major figure in the development of Southern soul music.

One of the most popular black singers of the '60s, Wilson Pickett helped introduce the aggressive, rhythmic style of soul music. Aided immeasurably by the excellent studio bands backing him at the Stax Studios in Memphis, Tennessee, and the Fame Studio in Muscle Shoals Alabama, Pickett scored a series of R&B and pop hits on Atlantic Records between 1963 and 1972 that included "In the Midnight Hour," "Mustang Sally," and "Funky Broadway."

Raised in Prattville, Alabama, Wilson Pickett moved to Detroit, Michigan at the age of sixteen and made his professional debut as the lead singer of The Violinaires in the late '50s. From 1961 to 1963 he was in The Falcons, writing and singing their 1962 hit "I Found Love." Pickett then went solo and signed with Lloyd Price's Double L Records, where he wrote and recorded "If You Love Me" and "It's Too Late."

In 1964, Pickett signed with Atlantic Records and did his early recordings in the Stax studio in Memphis, Tennessee with Booker T. Jones and Steve Cropper of The MGs. Cropper co-authored three of his early hits, "In the Midnight Hour" and "Don't Fight It from his debut album The Exciting Wilson Pickett that established him as a major soul star. The album also included "Ninety-Nine and a Half (Won't Do)," "She's So Good to Me," and "Land of a 1,000 Dances," all recorded at Fame Studio in Muscle Shoals.

Pickett then had hits with "Mustang Sally," "I Found a Love," and "Funky Broadway," all recorded in Muscle Shoals. Pickett then teamed with Bobby Womack in 1968 for Midnight Mover that yielded a Top 10 R7B and pop hit with Womack's title song. In 1969, Pickett had a major hit with The Beatles "Hey Jude,", followed in 1970 by "Sugar, Sugar." Later in 1970, Pickett worked with producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff at Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia. The result was two crossover hits "Engine Number Nine," and "Don't Let the Green Grass Fool You."

After crossover hits "Don't Knock My Love - Part 1" and "Fire and Water" Pickett left Atlantic for RCA, with minimum success. Pickett later recorded for several record companies, including his own Wicked label, but failed to have anymore hits.

Wilson Pickett was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991.



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