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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2006 5:19 pm    Post subject: Wilson Pickett Reply with quote

The Wicked Pickett, as he dubbed himself, first achieved a measure of success as the apoplectic lead tenor on the Falcons's "I Found a Love" in 1962. Fleeting success followed (his original of "If You Need Me" was scooped up by Solomon Burke), before he signed with Atlantic Records in 1964. After a couple of false starts, he was shipped down to Memphis and came back with "In the Midnight Hour." It was followed by similarly compelling entries such as "Don't Fight It," "634-5789," "Mustang Sally," and a hysterical revival of Chris Kenner's mid-tempo shuffle, "Land of 1000 Dances." Scouring old albums, one will also notice that Pickett never lost his feel for a slow ballad, despite his reputation as the prince of the dance floor. Some have charged that Pickett went on to reduce spontaneous emotion to a cliche, and most of his later records certainly reinforce that notion, but at his considerable best, Pickett was an immensely compelling performer at any tempo. The hit movie The Commitments hinted broadly at the esteem in which vintage Pickett is held. Sampled at his best, he was a titan.

18/03/1941 to 10/01/2006 RIP

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2006 5:25 pm    Post subject: Re: Wilson Pickett Reply with quote

talisker25 wrote:
The Wicked Pickett, as he dubbed himself, first achieved a measure of success as the apoplectic lead tenor on the Falcons's "I Found a Love" in 1962. Fleeting success followed (his original of "If You Need Me" was scooped up by Solomon Burke), before he signed with Atlantic Records in 1964. After a couple of false starts, he was shipped down to Memphis and came back with "In the Midnight Hour." It was followed by similarly compelling entries such as "Don't Fight It," "634-5789," "Mustang Sally," and a hysterical revival of Chris Kenner's mid-tempo shuffle, "Land of 1000 Dances." Scouring old albums, one will also notice that Pickett never lost his feel for a slow ballad, despite his reputation as the prince of the dance floor. Some have charged that Pickett went on to reduce spontaneous emotion to a cliche, and most of his later records certainly reinforce that notion, but at his considerable best, Pickett was an immensely compelling performer at any tempo. The hit movie The Commitments hinted broadly at the esteem in which vintage Pickett is held. Sampled at his best, he was a titan.

18/03/1941 to 10/01/2006 RIP


http://www.history-of-rock.com/wilson_pickett.htm

SOUL GREAT DEPARTS

Rock and Roll Hall of famer Wilson Pickett dies of a heart attack in his Virginia home
BY GLENN GAMBOA
STAFF WRITER

January 20, 2006

Before there was 50 Cent, before there was LL Cool J, there was swaggering soul singer Wilson Pickett boasting about being a "midnight mover, all-night groover" and promising, "I'm gonna wait 'til the midnight hour."

Pickett died yesterday from a heart attack at a hospital near his home in Virginia, his New York-based manager said yesterday. He was 64.

Known as "The Wicked Pickett" for his intense, gruff vocal style, as well as his suggestive lyrics, the Alabama native was an R&B chart-topper through the '60s and early '70s, with "In the Midnight Hour," "Mustang Sally" and "Land of 1000 Dances." In 1991, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

"Wilson Pickett was one of the greatest soul singers of all time," Aretha Franklin said in a statement. "He will absolutely be missed."

Pickett was born March 18, 1941, in Prattville, Ala., where he began singing gospel in Southern Baptist churches before moving to Detroit as a teenager. He joined the vocal group The Falcons and sang lead on their hit "I Found A Love" before later pursuing a solo career on Atlantic Records.

Like his labelmate Ray Charles, Pickett combined a love of gospel music with lyrics that were decidedly more secular. His songs with the house musicians at Stax in Memphis and Mussel Shoals in Alabama are seen as highlights from both historic studios. Pickett's delivery was more sexual than nearly all his contemporaries, leading the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to see him as a pioneer of the boastful style used by so many of today's artists.

"He influenced generations of singers and musicians," his manager Margo Lewis said in a statement. "No matter what your age is, his records still pull you out of your seat onto the dance floor. Soulful and intense - that was Pickett, the music and the man."

Pickett, like numerous musicians, found himself on the wrong side of the law at times. He received 2 years' probation and a fine for carrying a loaded shotgun in his car in 1987. He was arrested for allegedly yelling death threats while driving a car over the mayor's front lawn in Englewood, N.J., in 1991. In 1993, he was convicted of drunken driving and sentenced to a year in jail and 5 years' probation after hitting an 86-year-old man with his car.

His career saw a resurgence in the '90s, especially after his music and his legend served as the holy grail for an upstart Dublin soul band in the movie "The Commitments." When Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999, they performed "In the Midnight Hour" with Pickett as part of the ceremonies at the Waldorf Astoria. In 2000, Pickett received a Grammy nomination for his album, "It's Harder Now," which also landed him three W.C. Handy Awards, including best soul/blues male artist of the year.

Pickett continued to tour around the world until last year, when health problems forced him off the road. "Wilson was a consummate entertainer," Lewis said. "He truly loved to perform, and when he took the stage, he would give the audience every last bit of energy in his body. The unique sound and quality of his voice only got better with age."

Pickett is survived by his fiancee, Gail Webb, sons Lynderrick and Michael, and daughters Veda and Saphan. A viewing is being arranged in Virginia next week, his spokesman said. Pickett will be buried alongside his mother, Lena, in Louisville, Ky.

This story was supplemented by an Associated Press report.

His career in a glance

Top singles

"In the Midnight Hour" (1965)

"Don't Fight It" (1965)

"Ninety-Nine and a Half (Won't Do)" (1966)

"Land of 1000 Dances" (1966)

"Mustang Sally" (1966)

"634-5789" (1966)

"Stag-o-Lee" (1967)

"Funky Broadway" (1967)

"I'm in Love" (1967)

"She's Looking Good" (1968)

"Hey Jude" (1969)

"Sugar, Sugar" (1970)

"Don't Knock My Love - Part 1" (1971)

"Fire and Water" (1972)

Top albums

"In the Midnight Hour" (1965)

"The Exciting Wilson Pickett" (1966)

"The Wicked Pickett" (1966)

"The Sound of Wilson Pickett" (1967)

"I'm In Love" (1968)

"The Midnight Mover" (1968)

"Hey Jude" (1969)

"Wilson Pickett in Philadelphia" (1970)

"Right On" (1970)

"Don't Knock My Love" (1971)

"Engine No. 9" (1971)

"Mr. Magic Man" (1973)

"Miz Lena's Boy" (1973)

"Pickett in the Pocket" (1974)

"Tonight I'm My Biggest Audience" (1974)

"Join Me and Let's Be Free" (1975)

"Chocolate Mountain" (1976)

"A Funky Situation" (1978)

"I Want You" (1979)

"Right Track" (1981)

"American Soul Man" (1987)

"If You Need Me" (1996)

"It's Harder Now" (1999)

SOURCES: ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME; WWW.HISTORY-OF-ROCK.COM

http://www.newsday.com/entertainment/music/ny-etpickett204594367jan20,0,1218993,print.story?coll=ny-music-headlines

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2006 5:38 pm    Post subject: Re: Wilson Pickett Reply with quote

Geoff wrote:
talisker25 wrote:
The Wicked Pickett, as he dubbed himself, first achieved a measure of success as the apoplectic lead tenor on the Falcons's "I Found a Love" in 1962. Fleeting success followed (his original of "If You Need Me" was scooped up by Solomon Burke), before he signed with Atlantic Records in 1964. After a couple of false starts, he was shipped down to Memphis and came back with "In the Midnight Hour." It was followed by similarly compelling entries such as "Don't Fight It," "634-5789," "Mustang Sally," and a hysterical revival of Chris Kenner's mid-tempo shuffle, "Land of 1000 Dances." Scouring old albums, one will also notice that Pickett never lost his feel for a slow ballad, despite his reputation as the prince of the dance floor. Some have charged that Pickett went on to reduce spontaneous emotion to a cliche, and most of his later records certainly reinforce that notion, but at his considerable best, Pickett was an immensely compelling performer at any tempo. The hit movie The Commitments hinted broadly at the esteem in which vintage Pickett is held. Sampled at his best, he was a titan.

18/03/1941 to 10/01/2006 RIP


http://www.history-of-rock.com/wilson_pickett.htm

SOUL GREAT DEPARTS

Rock and Roll Hall of famer Wilson Pickett dies of a heart attack in his Virginia home
BY GLENN GAMBOA
STAFF WRITER

January 20, 2006

Before there was 50 Cent, before there was LL Cool J, there was swaggering soul singer Wilson Pickett boasting about being a "midnight mover, all-night groover" and promising, "I'm gonna wait 'til the midnight hour."

Pickett died yesterday from a heart attack at a hospital near his home in Virginia, his New York-based manager said yesterday. He was 64.

Known as "The Wicked Pickett" for his intense, gruff vocal style, as well as his suggestive lyrics, the Alabama native was an R&B chart-topper through the '60s and early '70s, with "In the Midnight Hour," "Mustang Sally" and "Land of 1000 Dances." In 1991, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

"Wilson Pickett was one of the greatest soul singers of all time," Aretha Franklin said in a statement. "He will absolutely be missed."

Pickett was born March 18, 1941, in Prattville, Ala., where he began singing gospel in Southern Baptist churches before moving to Detroit as a teenager. He joined the vocal group The Falcons and sang lead on their hit "I Found A Love" before later pursuing a solo career on Atlantic Records.

Like his labelmate Ray Charles, Pickett combined a love of gospel music with lyrics that were decidedly more secular. His songs with the house musicians at Stax in Memphis and Mussel Shoals in Alabama are seen as highlights from both historic studios. Pickett's delivery was more sexual than nearly all his contemporaries, leading the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to see him as a pioneer of the boastful style used by so many of today's artists.

"He influenced generations of singers and musicians," his manager Margo Lewis said in a statement. "No matter what your age is, his records still pull you out of your seat onto the dance floor. Soulful and intense - that was Pickett, the music and the man."

Pickett, like numerous musicians, found himself on the wrong side of the law at times. He received 2 years' probation and a fine for carrying a loaded shotgun in his car in 1987. He was arrested for allegedly yelling death threats while driving a car over the mayor's front lawn in Englewood, N.J., in 1991. In 1993, he was convicted of drunken driving and sentenced to a year in jail and 5 years' probation after hitting an 86-year-old man with his car.

His career saw a resurgence in the '90s, especially after his music and his legend served as the holy grail for an upstart Dublin soul band in the movie "The Commitments." When Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999, they performed "In the Midnight Hour" with Pickett as part of the ceremonies at the Waldorf Astoria. In 2000, Pickett received a Grammy nomination for his album, "It's Harder Now," which also landed him three W.C. Handy Awards, including best soul/blues male artist of the year.

Pickett continued to tour around the world until last year, when health problems forced him off the road. "Wilson was a consummate entertainer," Lewis said. "He truly loved to perform, and when he took the stage, he would give the audience every last bit of energy in his body. The unique sound and quality of his voice only got better with age."

Pickett is survived by his fiancee, Gail Webb, sons Lynderrick and Michael, and daughters Veda and Saphan. A viewing is being arranged in Virginia next week, his spokesman said. Pickett will be buried alongside his mother, Lena, in Louisville, Ky.

This story was supplemented by an Associated Press report.

His career in a glance

Top singles

"In the Midnight Hour" (1965)

"Don't Fight It" (1965)

"Ninety-Nine and a Half (Won't Do)" (1966)

"Land of 1000 Dances" (1966)

"Mustang Sally" (1966)

"634-5789" (1966)

"Stag-o-Lee" (1967)

"Funky Broadway" (1967)

"I'm in Love" (1967)

"She's Looking Good" (1968)

"Hey Jude" (1969)

"Sugar, Sugar" (1970)

"Don't Knock My Love - Part 1" (1971)

"Fire and Water" (1972)

Top albums

"In the Midnight Hour" (1965)

"The Exciting Wilson Pickett" (1966)

"The Wicked Pickett" (1966)

"The Sound of Wilson Pickett" (1967)

"I'm In Love" (1968)

"The Midnight Mover" (1968)

"Hey Jude" (1969)

"Wilson Pickett in Philadelphia" (1970)

"Right On" (1970)

"Don't Knock My Love" (1971)

"Engine No. 9" (1971)

"Mr. Magic Man" (1973)

"Miz Lena's Boy" (1973)

"Pickett in the Pocket" (1974)

"Tonight I'm My Biggest Audience" (1974)

"Join Me and Let's Be Free" (1975)

"Chocolate Mountain" (1976)

"A Funky Situation" (1978)

"I Want You" (1979)

"Right Track" (1981)

"American Soul Man" (1987)

"If You Need Me" (1996)

"It's Harder Now" (1999)

SOURCES: ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME; WWW.HISTORY-OF-ROCK.COM

http://www.newsday.com/entertainment/music/ny-etpickett204594367jan20,0,1218993,print.story?coll=ny-music-headlines



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I enjoyed very much "The commitments"... Smile
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