Wilson Pickett

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Wilson Pickett

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Category: Music

Born in 1941.

Countries: United States (78%), Jamaica (5%), United Kingdom (5%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Solomon Burke

Linked to: Aerosmith, Grateful Dead, Motown, The Soul Stirrers

 

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Wilson Pickett was born in 1941 add something


1950

After singing for four years in the locally popular gospel-harmony group, Pickett, lured by the success of other gospel singers of the day, who left gospel music in the late 1950s for the more lucrative secular music market, joined the Falcons in 1959 add something


1955

In 1955, Pickett became part of a gospel music group called the Violinaires add something

 

Pickett eventually left to live with his father in Detroit in 1955 add something


1960

Even in his 1960s heyday, Pickett's friends found him to be temperamental and preoccupied with guns; Don Covay described him as "young and wild" add something

 

Jackie Verdell - After further unsuccessful pop singles on Decca Records and its Coral Records subsidiary, the late 1960s and early 1970s found her contributing background vocals to records by Wilson Pickett , Dee Dee Warwick , Van Morrison , Clarence Wheeler & The Enforcers, Horace Silver, and Martha Veléz, as well as a further solo single for Stax Records' Gospel Truth and Respect labels under the name of Jacqui Verdell

 

Bruce Robb (producer) - He is most recognized for his active role in the formative years of the music industry: first as a member of The Robbs during the music revolution of the 1960s, as a founder of Cherokee Studios in the 1970s; followed by decades of producing, engineering and recording with artists like Mos Def, Macy Gray, Henry Rollins, Steve Vai, The Lemonheads, John Mellencamp, Steve Cropper, Ringo Starr, Etta James, Art Garfunkel, Rod Stewart, Del Shannon, Wilson Pickett

 

Buster Pearson - He moved to the UK in the late 1960s and toured as a guitarist with the likes of Otis Redding, Jimmy Cliff, Wilson Pickett and Desmond Dekker

 

Ahmet Ertegun - In the 1960s, Atlantic, often in partnerships with local labels like Stax Records in Memphis, helped to develop the growth of soul music, with artists such as Ben E. King, Solomon Burke, Otis Redding, Percy Sledge, Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett

 

Jerry Wexler - In the 1960s, he notably recorded Wilson Pickett and Aretha Franklin, and oversaw production of Dusty Springfield's highly acclaimed "Dusty in Memphis" and Lulu's "New Routes" albums


1963

Entering the charts on July 27, 1963, it eventually peaked at number 7 on the R&B chart add something


1964

This record's success convinced Wexler and Atlantic to buy Pickett's recording contract from Double L Records in 1964 add something


1965

For his next sessions, Pickett would not return to Stax; the label's owner, Jim Stewart, banned all outside productions in December, 1965 add something

 

The genesis of "In the Midnight Hour" was a recording session on May 12, 1965, at which Wexler worked out a powerful rhythm track with studio musicians Steve Cropper and Al Jackson of the Stax Records house band, which included bassist Donald "Duck" Dunn add something

 

Pickett recorded three sessions at Stax in May and October 1965, and was joined by keyboardist Isaac Hayes for the October sessions add something


1966

The Temptations - In 1966, Norman Whitfield changed the group's dynamic, moving them away from the previous one lead singer model and adding elements derived from the rougher soul of artists such as James Brown, Wilson Pickett, and the performers at Stax Records

 

Joe Tex - In 1966, five more singles entered the top 40 on the R&B charts including "The Love You Save" and "S.Y.S.L.J.F.M." or "The Letter Song", which was an answer song to Wilson Pickett's "634-5789 "


1967

Towards the end of 1967, Pickett began recording at American Studios in Memphis with producers Tom Dowd and Tommy Cogbill, and began recording numerous songs by Bobby Womack add something

 

Neil Merryweather - During late 1967, the band played at Le Hibou in Ottawa and the Riverboat in Toronto and opened for Wilson Pickett at the Capitol Theatre in Ottawa


1968

Pickett returned to Fame Studios in late 1968 and early 1969, where he worked with a band that featured guitarist Duane Allman, Hawkins, and bassist Jerry Jemmott add something

 

Solomon Burke - Burke's position in Atlantic dropped by 1968 as other Atlantic artists such as Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett replaced him as the label's primary artists

 

Duane Allman - Allman's playing on the two Hour Glass albums and an Hour Glass session in early 1968 at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama had caught the ear of Rick Hall, owner of FAME. In November 1968 Hall hired Allman to play on an album with Wilson Pickett


1969

Late 1969 found Pickett at Criteria Studios in Miami add something

 

Elliott Randall - In 1969 he joined the band Seatrain, opting for that band rather than joining Wilson Pickett in Muscle Shoals


1970

Pickett teamed up with established Philadelphia-based hitmakers Gamble and Huff for the 1970 album "Wilson Pickett In Philadelphia", which featured his next two hit singles, "Engine No.9" and "Don't Let The Green Grass Fool You", the latter selling one million copies add something

 

Sammy Creason - In the 1970s, Creason, together with Mike Utley, Charlie Freeman and Tommy McClure formed the Dixie Flyers and moved to Miami to work as a studio band for Atlantic Records, where they recorded with artists such as Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett


1971

His final Atlantic single, a cover of Randy Newman's "Mama Told Me Not To Come," was actually culled from Pickett's 1971 album "Don't Knock My Love" add something

 

Les McCann - In 1971, he and Harris were part of a group of soul, R&B, and rock performers including Wilson Pickett, The Staple Singers, Santana and Ike & Tina Turner who flew to Accra , Ghana for a historic 14-hour concert before more than 100,000 Ghanaians


1973

Pickett continued to record with some success on the R&B charts for RCA in 1973 and 1974, scoring four top 30 R&B hits with "Mr. Magic Man", "Take a Closer Look at the Woman You're With", "International Playboy" and "Soft Soul Boogie Woogie" add something


1974

Pickett continued to record sporadically with several labels over the following decades, occasionally making the lower to mid-range of the R&B charts, however he never had another pop hit after 1974 add something

 

Aretha Franklin - The album that featured the song, "Let Me in Your Life", was released later that year and nearly went gold featuring her hit covers of Wilson Pickett's and Bobby Womack's "I'm in Love" and Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell's "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" in 1974


1975

In 1975, with Pickett's once-prominent chart career on the wane, RCA dropped Pickett from the label add something


1978

Pino Presti - On Mina's come back at the Bussoladomani theatre in Viareggio on 24 June 1978, Nantas Salvataggio wrote an enthusiastic review of the event in the Il Giorno newspaper: « Mina was accompanied by an orchestra as that of a grand Las Vegas show. Between the 70?s and 80?s, he collaborated on recordings and or concerts with prominent personalities of the international music scene such as: Gerry Mulligan, Astor Piazzolla, Maynard Ferguson, Wilson Pickett, Shirley Bassey, Quincy Jones, Severino Gazzelloni, Franco Cerri, Stéphane Grappelli, Aldemaro Romero...


1982

Samuel David Moore - Moore toured with other soul artists including Wilson Pickett in Europe in the spring of 1982, where he married his wife Joyce McRae


1984

Roger Troutman - In 1984, Troutman issued his second solo album, "The Saga Continues", which featured the singles "Girl Cut It Out", "It's in the Mix" - which was dedicated to "Soul Train" and its host Don Cornelius in one verse, and a cover of Wilson Pickett's "In the Midnight Hour", which featured gospel group The Mighty Clouds of Joy


1990

Throughout the 1990s, despite his personal troubles, Pickett was continually honored for his contributions to music add something

 

Jon Tiven - He coaxed Arthur Alexander out of retirement in 1990 and in 1998 produced and cowrote Wilson Pickett's first album in seventeen years, "It's Harder Now", which won three W.C. Handy *awards and was nominated for a Grammy


1991

In 1991, he was arrested for allegedly yelling death threats while driving a car over the front lawn of Donald Aronson, the Mayor of Englewood, New Jersey add something

 

In addition to being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991, his music was prominently featured in the film "The Commitments", with Pickett as an off-screen character add something

 

The impact of Pickett's songwriting and recording led to his 1991 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame add something


1993

In 1993, Pickett was involved in an accident where he struck an 86-year-old pedestrian, Pepe Ruiz, with his car in Englewood add something

 

In 1993, he was honored with a Pioneer award by the Rhythm and Blues Foundation add something


1994

Samuel David Moore - Moore has performed in various venues ranging from the tribute for Elvis Presley in 1994, to the Grammy *awards 2006 tribute to Wilson Pickett, and the Kennedy Center Honors in 2006 for Smokey Robinson


1999

His last record was issued in 1999, although he remained fairly active on the touring front until he became ill in 2004 add something

 

Several years after his release from jail, Pickett returned to the studio and received a Grammy award nomination for the 1999 album "It's Harder Now" add something


 

In 2003, Pickett was a judge for the second annual Independent Music awards to support independent artists' careers add something

 

In 2003, he co-starred in the D.A. Pennebaker directed documentary "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of both the 2002 Cannes and Sundance Film Festivals add something


2004

Pickett spent the twilight of his career playing dozens of concert dates a year until 2004, when he began suffering from health problems add something


Wilson Pickett died in 2006 add something

 

Pickett died from a heart attack on January 19, 2006 in Reston, Virginia add something

 

He was remembered on March 20, 2006, at New York's B.B. King Blues Club with performances by the Commitments, Ben E King, his long-term backing band the Midnight Movers, soul singer Bruce "Big Daddy" Wayne, and Southside Johnny in front of an audience that included members of his family, including two brothers add something


2014

On September 10, 2014, TVOne's Unsung aired a documentary on him add something


2015

Jon Landau - Landau has been responsible for the liner notes for "The Atlantic Albums Collection" by Aretha Franklin , "Soul Manifesto: 1964-1970" by Otis Redding , and "The Complete Atlantic Albums Collection" by Wilson Pickett