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Wilson Pickett

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Wilson Pickett (March 18, 1941 – January 19, 2006) was an American R&B and singer. Known for his raw, passionate delivery, he played a major role in developing southern soul music. Aided immeasurably by the excellent studio bands backing him at the Stax Studios in Memphis, Tennessee and at the Fame Studio in Muscle Shoals Alabama, Pickett created iconic hits such as “In the Midnight Hour,” “Mustang Sally,” and “Funky Broadway” for Atlantic Records between 1963 and 1972.

One of the most popular black singers of the , Wilson Pickett helped introduce the aggressive, rhythmic style of black music to a wide audience and has influenced almost countless artists over the years. It all got started in Prattville, Alabama, where he was raised. Pickett moved to Detroit, Michigan at the age of sixteen, and he made his professional debut spending several years singing with the group The Violinaires in the late . From 1961 to 1963, he was in The Falcons, writing and singing their 1962 hit “I Found a 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.

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