Wilson Pickett - The Exciting Wilson Pickett (1966)

Wilson Pickett was an American soul singer and songwriter.

With the success of his 1965 singles "In The Midnight Hour" and "Don't Fight It", Wilson Pickett's career had really begun. 1966 saw him release two more fantastic singles, which like their predecessors were recorded at the studios of Stax Records, with backing from guitarist Steve Cropper, keyboard player Isaac Hayes, bassist Donald Dunn and drummer Al Jackson Jr. "634-5789 (Soulsville, USA)" (written by Cropper and Eddie Floyd) was another #1 R&B hit, and got to #13 on the pop charts, whilst "Ninety-Nine And A Half (Won't Do)" (by Cropper, Floyd and Pickett) got to #13 on the R&B charts.
However Stax records banned outside productions in December 1965 (Pickett was signed to Atlantic records), so for his next sessions he went to Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Here he recorded his stunning version of Chris Kenner's "Land Of 1000 Dances", which was his biggest hit - #1 R&B and #6 pop.
His third album, The Exciting Wilson Pickett, came out in 1966. Alongside the three aforementioned singles was a collection of other originals and soul covers, which included Robert Parker's "Barefootin'", Don Covay's "Mercy Mercy" and Bobby Womack's "She's So Good To Me". It also repeated his earlier hit "In The Midnight Hour". Some seriously funky southern soul, some of the best of the genre. Features recordings from both Stax and Fame, the latter featuring keyboard player Spooner Oldham, guitarist Chips Moman and drummer Roger Hawkins. Most of the songs also feature The Memphis Horns.
The album got to #21 on the charts.

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