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ISLE OF MAN BLUES CLUB
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Wilson Pickett 1941-2006 R.I.P.
20th January 2006
Veteran US soul singer Wilson Pickett has died aged 64 after suffering a heart
attack in Virginia.
His management company said that he had been in poor health for the past year,
and last performed in 2004.
Born in Alabama, Pickett shot to fame in the 1960s, with hits including In The
Midnight Hour and Mustang Sally. He joined a group called The Falcons before
embarking on a solo career in 1963, securing a deal with Atlantic Records by
1965. Pickett moved to Detroit as a teenager, after early beginnings as a
gospel singer in Alabama. Jerry Wexler, the co-founder of Atlantic Records,
called him "Wicked" Pickett.
Fans and critics admired Pickett for his sensuous, energetic performances. He
moved south, and his hard Memphis sound was in contrast to the smoother soul
hits produced by the Motown label in Detroit. He often recorded with Booker T
and the MGs, the band closely linked to Stax Records. He co-wrote In The
Midnight Hour with MGs guitarist Steve Cropper and recorded it at the Stax
studios in Memphis. It brought him overnight success in 1965. Pickett and Bruce
Springsteen performed together in 1999. After a string of hits, his career went
into decline in the 1970s.
Nevertheless, Pickett had continued performing on a regular basis until he
became ill, and had been inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
"He was always in demand," his manager Margo Lewis said. "He last performed at
the end of 2004."
"He did his part. It was a great ride, a great trip," his son Michael Wilson
Pickett told a TV station in Washington. "I loved him and I'm sure he was
Soul diva Aretha Franklin was among the stars to pay tribute to Pickett. She
called him "one of the greatest soul singers of all time". She added: "He will
absolutely be missed. I am thankful that I got the chance to speak to him not
too long ago."
Soul singer and Pickett's great friend Solomon Burke said: "We've lost a giant,
we've lost a legend,
we've lost a man who created his own charisma and made it work around the
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