With his superb gritty voice, and incendiary live performances, Wilson Pickett was one of the most popular, and influential of the Southern soul stars to emerge on Atlantic Records in the early 60s. Like many other soul stars of his generation, Pickett began his singing career with a gospel group (The Violinaires) before making the transition to secular music. After a handful of singles for the tiny Double-L Records label, Pickett signed to Atlantic where he made his breakthrough with magnificent, million-seller In The Midnight Hour. It was followed by a string of superb deep soul singles recorded at the iconic Muscle Shoals studio in Memphis, ranging from the pop/R&B of 634-5789 (Soulsville USA), to the gospel-infused Ninety-Nine And A Half. Although his star faded in the 70s, with the advent of disco, Pickett continued to tour and into the 90s, and was nominated for a Grammy for 1999's fine It's Harder Now.
Followers: Joe Cocker, Al Green, Rod Stewart, The Rolling Stones, Syl Johnson, Paul Young
Influenced By: Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, 'Big' Joe Turner, Little Richard, James Brown...