The Life and Times of Wilson Pickett

Ah, the midnight hour - a time for sneakin', peepin', cheatin', love-makin', and heartbreakin'... And who better to sing about it than the man known as "The Wicked Pickett," a nickname the Alabama-born soul man earned as much for his offstage antics as for his tougher-than-homemade-grits, churchif-ied vocal style.  Wicked, indeed, because Wilson Pickett could sing his feet off with a kind of raw earthiness that few other male singers would ever commit to tape.  Hear him yelp and holler his way through his late '66 hit "Mustang Sally" with no-holds-barred approach that was the essence of the Pickett sound.  Wicked, also, because of his tempestuous personality, tough manner, sharp tongue...and his way with the ladies.  Stories of Pickett's extra-curricular activities are folklore in the world of 60s R&B: suffice it to say that the wicked one was quite the ladies' man, with a persona that matched his music, an always-interesting mix of saint and sinner....

Ah, the midnight hour - a time for sneakin', peepin', cheatin', love-makin', and heartbreakin'... And who better to sing about it than the man known as "The Wicked Pickett," a nickname the Alabama-born soul man earned as much for his offstage antics as for his tougher-than-homemade-grits, churchif-ied vocal style.  Wicked, indeed, because Wilson Pickett could sing his feet off with a kind of raw earthiness that few other male singers would ever commit to tape.  Hear him yelp and holler his way through his late '66 hit "Mustang Sally" with no-holds-barred approach that was the essence of the Pickett sound.  Wicked, also, because of his tempestuous personality, tough manner, sharp tongue...and his way with the ladies.  Stories of Pickett's extra-curricular activities are folklore in the world of 60s R&B: suffice it to say that the wicked one was quite the ladies' man, with a persona that matched his music, an always-interesting mix of saint and sinner....

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Wilson Pickett was the subject a BBC Radio documentary, "The Life And Times of Wilson Pickett." Check it out below and tell us what you think!

 
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