Wilson Pickett

The “wicked Pickett”, raucous and sensual, was one the most important southern soul singers of the 1960s. Wilson Pickett, one of the most popular ’60s soul singers, was among the most sweaty and roughest. He created some of the hottest dancefloor moves on hits such as “In the Midnight Hour,” Land of 1000 Dances, “Mustang Sally” and “Funky Broadway.” He is often considered a more raw and unpolished talent than Otis Redding or Aretha Franklin. His early hits helped establish Southern soul’s sound with their lyrics, which were often recorded by the best session musicians in Memphis and Muscle Shoals. Pickett was a member of the Falcons before he became a solo artist. They had a Top Ten record.

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