Wilson Pickett, who died yesterday of a heart attack at age 64, deserves to be remembered as a titan who was up there with Otis Redding in the 1960s soul pantheon. The “Wicked Pickett” was known for scorchers like ”In the Midnight Hour,” ”Mustang Sally,” and ”Land of 1,000 Dances,” but he was also an astounding cover artist when it came to ballads (”Hey Jude,” ”Sugar Sugar” – yep, he even made the Archies sound soulful). Despite his lack of chart success in later years, he reportedly remained a riveting performer well into his 60s. For proof, and to honor the man, listen to this streaming show of live Pickett tracks compiled yesterday at soul-patrol.com.
Posted January 20 2006 — 2:25 PM EST
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