Wilson “The Wicked” Picket, American singer/song writer was born in in Prattville, Alabama in 1941. In 1955 he moved to Detroit and joined the gospel group Violinaires, and later joined the Falcon’s in 1959. Pickett's breakthrough came with his third Atlantic single, “In the Midnight Hour” in 1965. Of the major '60s soul stars, Wilson was one of the “roughest and sweatiest, working up some of the decade's hottest dance-floor grooves” with the songs "In the Midnight Hour," "Mustang Sally," and "Funky Broadway,” and "Land of 1000 Dances," written and composed by Chris Kenner and Fats Domino, first released on the album “Wilson Pickett-The Exciting Wilson Picket” in 1966. "Land of 1000 Dances," was Wilson’s biggest pop hit. Also featured is “Funky Broadway”, co-written by Wilson, Steve Cropper and Arlester Christian, released in 1967. His last big hit was "Fire and Water," in 1972. He continued to be active on the tour circuit from the 1960s and early '70s. Wilson spent the early part of the 2000s performing, before retiring in late 2004 due to ill health. He passed away on January 19, 2006, following a heart attack.
Written by Kathryn Johnson
An Introduction to Wilson Pickett
Label: Atlantic Records