Wilson Pickett

Born Mar 18, 1941

Wilson Pickett was an American R&B/Soul singer and songwriter. A major figure in the development of American soul music, Pickett recorded over 50 songs which made the US R&B charts, and frequently crossed over to the US Billboard Hot 100. Among his best known hits are "In the Midnight Hour" (which he co-wrote), "Land of 1,000 Dances", "Mustang Sally", and "Funky Broadway".… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Wilson Pickett.


1941 Birth Pickett was born March 18, 1941 in Prattville, Alabama, and sang in Baptist church choirs. … Read More


1955 14 Years Old 1 More Event
Pickett eventually left to live with his father in Detroit in 1955. … Read More
1959 18 Years Old 1 More Event
After singing for four years in the popular gospel-harmony group, Pickett, lured by the success of gospel singers who had moved to the lucrative secular music market, joined the Falcons in 1959.


1963 22 Years Old 1 More Event
The song is the B-side of his 1963 single "My Heart Belongs to You". … Read More
1964 23 Years Old The single's success persuaded Wexler and Atlantic to buy Pickett's recording contract from Double L in 1964. … Read More
Pickett recorded three sessions at Stax in May and October 1965. … Read More
1967 26 Years Old 1 More Event
Near the end of 1967, Pickett began recording at American Studios in Memphis with producers Tom Dowd and Tommy Cogbill, and began recording songs by Bobby Womack.
1968 27 Years Old 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. … Read More
1969 28 Years Old Late 1969 found Pickett at Criteria Studios in Miami. … Read More
1970 29 Years Old Pickett then 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. … Read More


1971 - 1973 2 More Events
1975 34 Years Old In 1975, with Pickett's once-prominent chart career on the wane, RCA dropped Pickett from the label. … Read More
1978 37 Years Old In 1978, he made a disco album with Big Tree Records titled Funky Situation, which is a coincidence as, at that point, Big Tree was distributed by his former label, Atlantic. … Read More
1980 39 Years Old He was previously mentioned in the 1980 film Blues Brothers, which features several members of Pickett's backing band, as well as a performance of "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love." … Read More


1987 46 Years Old In 1987, as his recording career was drying up, Pickett was given two years' probation and fined $1,000 for carrying a loaded shotgun in his car.


1991 50 Years Old 1 More Event
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. … Read More
1993 52 Years Old In 1993, he was honored with a Pioneer Award by the Rhythm and Blues Foundation. … Read More
1999 58 Years Old 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. … Read More


2002 61 Years Old He co-starred in the 2002 documentary Only the Strong Survive, directed by D. A. Pennebaker, a selection of both the 2002 Cannes and Sundance Film Festivals.
2003 62 Years Old In 2003, Pickett was a judge for the second annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists' careers.
2004 63 Years Old Pickett spent the twilight of his career playing dozens of concert dates every year until 2004, when he began suffering from health problems. … Read More
2006 65 Years Old 1 More Event
Pickett 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.
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