60s performer with hits like “In The Midnight Hour” and “Mustang Sally”
Wilson Pickett, the soul pioneer best known for the fiery hits “Mustang Sally” and “In The Midnight Hour,” died of a heart attack Thursday, January 19, 2006 in a Reston, Va., hospital. He was 64.
Known as the “Wicked Pickett”, Wilson got his start singing gospel music in church growing up in Alabama. As a teenager, Pickett moved to Detroit in the early 60s. While living there he met up with a singing group known as the “Falcons”. Pickett sang lead on the “Falcons” 1962 hit “I Found A Love”. One year later, Wilson Pickett was a solo act, but it would be several years before he would make a significant mark on the music charts. In 1965 Pickett teamed up with producer Jerry Wexler and Atlantic Records. And the hits began with songs like “In The Midnight Hour”, “Mustang Sally” and “Land of 1,000 Dances”. Unlike many performers from the 60s, Pickett was able to continue to score hits into the 1970 with songs like “Don’t Knock My Love” and “Fire and Water”. A very deserving Wilson Pickett was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991.