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Pickett, Wilson

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Born: 1941 AD
Died: 2006 AD, at 65 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Singer

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1941 – He was born on the 18th day of March this year in Prattville, Alabama. He grew up singing in Baptist church choirs.

 

1955 – He left to live with his father in Detroit. He became part of a gospel music group called the Violinaires.

 

1959 – He joined the “Falcons” for more lucrative secular music market.

 

1962 – His biggest success with The Falcons came in this year, when "I Found a Love," (co-authored by Pickett and featuring his lead vocals), peaked at #6 on the R&B charts, and at #75 on the pop charts.

 

1963 – His first big success as a solo artist came with "It's Too Late," an original composition, entering the charts on July 27 of this year. It eventually peaked at #7 on the R&B charts and at #49 on pop chart.

 

1964 – Wexler and Atlantic bought his contract from Double L Records in this year.

 

1965 – His best remembering hit “In the Midnight Hour.”

 

1967 – Towards the end of this year, he began recording at American Studios in Memphis with producers Tom Dowd and Tommy Cogbill, and began recording numerous songs by Bobby Womack. The songs "I'm In Love," "Jealous Love," "I've Come a Long Way," "I'm A Midnight Mover.”

 

1969 – Late this year, he was found at Criteria Studios in Miami. Hit covers of The Supremes' "You Keep Me Hangin' On" (#16 R&B, #92 Pop) and The Archies' "Sugar Sugar" (#4 R&B, #25 Pop), as well as the Pickett original "She Said Yes" (#20 R&B, #68 Pop) came from these sessions.

 

1973 – He continued to record with some success on the R&B charts for RCA.

 

1974 – He scored four top 30 R&B hits with "Mr. Magic Man", "Take a Closer Look at the Woman You're With", "International Playboy" and "Soft Soul Boogie Woogie.”

 

1975 – He was dropped by RCA from the label.

 

1979 – He recorded what might be the most soulful recording of Jingle Bells ever on Christmas Soul Special.

 

1991 – He was inducted in the hall of Fame this year.

 

1993 – He was convicted of drunken driving, also in Englewood, and received a sentence of one year in jail and five years probation.

 

1999 – His last record was issued this year.

 

2003 – He co-starred in the D.A. Penne baker-directed documentary "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of both the 2002 Cannes and Sundance Film Festivals.

 

2004 – He became ill this year.

 

2006 – He died of heart attack on the 19th day of January this year in the hospital near his Ashburn, Virginia home. He was buried next to his mother in Louisville, Kentucky.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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