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Wilson Pickett
Birth: Mar. 18, 1941
Prattville
Autauga County
Alabama, USA
Death: Jan. 19, 2006
Reston
Fairfax County
Virginia, USA

Legendary Soul Singer, Composer. He was dubbed “The Wicked Pickett” my radio DJ’s and fans, for his gruff power, raw groove and growling energy he brought to R & B music for over four decades. He first performed in the gospel harmony group the Violinaires in the 1950s and became a member of the Falcons in 1959. Their hit "I Found a Love" helped Pickett make a deal with Atlantic Records and the hook up with renowned producer Jerry Wexler at Stax Records. There with Steve Cropper, the guitarist in Booker T and the MGs, he co-wrote "In the Midnight Hour" a 1965 number one hit. In 1966, he followed with the classic hit, "Mustang Sally, a cover of "Land of 1000 Dances," "Funky Broadway," 1967 and the telephonic hit "634-5789." By the early 1970s, he had released several cover hits to include, The Beatles' "Hey Jude" and "Sugar, Sugar" by The Archies. His last hit song was "Fire and Water" in 1972. Through the 1980s, he continued to be a popular figure performing for jazz and soul music showcases. In 1991, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and received a Grammy nomination for his album, “It's Harder Now" in 1999, which also received three W.C. Handy Awards, the in-genre trophy for blues and soul recordings. On January 18, 1999, he was inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame and received a life time achivement award. For the film "Blues Brothers 2000," he performed at the Los Angeles and New York premieres of the movie. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
Burial:
Evergreen Cemetery
Louisville
Jefferson County
Kentucky, USA
 
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Record added: Jan 19, 2006
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Hey man, I miss your music. I listened to your music whenever I got a chance while in Vietnam. I loved it later, while in college. Thank you. RIP
- old gringo
 Added: Apr. 13, 2014

- DENA ANN
 Added: Mar. 27, 2014

- Stacey
 Added: Mar. 27, 2014
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