Wilson Pickett

Wilson Pickett

Birth
Prattville, Autauga County, Alabama, USA
Death 19 Jan 2006 (aged 64)
Reston, Fairfax County, Virginia, USA
Burial Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
Memorial ID 13067599 · View Source
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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


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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Wilson Pickett (18 Mar 1941–19 Jan 2006), Find A Grave Memorial no. 13067599, citing Evergreen Cemetery, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .