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Alley Gator says:
05/04/12 3:18 pm
Wilson Pickett's "In The Midnight Hour" is a extraordinary record. I've got it ranked at #35 on my best songs of all-time. It was ubiquitous during my college years. It still never fails to light up a party.

But there's a lot more to the "Wicked Pickett" than one song. In the Beg-Scream-Shout triumvirate of Soul Men types, he's one of the very best screamers. Plus he can rock a soul tune like nobody's business. "Land of 1,000 Dances," "Funky Broadway," and "Mustang Sally" are three great party songs by others he took to a whole new level. It didn't hurt that he had the great Atlantic and Stax bands behind him on these records.

Besides "In The Midnight Hour" he co-wrote "Don't Fight It," "Ninety-Nine And A Half (Won't Do)," "Soul Dance Number Three," and his 1962 hit with The Falcons, "I Found A Love." His biggest chart hit was the 1966 anthem, "634-5789 (Soulsville, U.S.A.)." He was elected to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1991.

What does Wilson Pickett mean to you? Which are your favorite songs of his?

(Wilson Pickett was our Featured Artist for the weeks of May 4 and May 11, 2012.)