I’ve seen Wilson Pickett's name and heard his voice before I knew what he looked like. When I was younger, my mother would ask me to play her 7" records on my Fisher Price record player on weekends, especially Sundays. If I was ever a record snob, I was back then when I'd downright refuse to play her old dirty records on the same Fisher Price record player that just played Thriller or Purple Rain. Who was Wilson Pickett and why was he screaming on the song? When do I stop playing her old records and get back to playing mine?
One artist I particularly want to read, know and learn more about is Wilson Pickett. I have written about how much I love his music but that was writing from a fan perspective. There are so many Wilson stories, facts and details I would like to know about but there appears to be few to no sources of information.
Waxpoetics is the ideal place where die-hard or other casual Pickett fans can read and see more about the Wicked One. I’m not sure if Waxpoetics Magazine has done an in-depth article on him yet. If it hasn’t I hope my prayers for a published Pickett article come true someday.
Through my late uncle, I learned about Sam Cooke, Otis Redding and of course Wilson Pickett. He had the three-disc compilation called The Otis Redding Story which I dubbed onto audio casettes, brougtht home to Montreal and killed. Within no time, I sought and owned nearly all of Otis Redding's discography.
My uncle only had Wilson Pickett Greatest Hits but I brought home the cassette dub and killed it, just like I did with Otis Redding. However, this time it was different. At that time, James Brown was my epitome of funky soul, and still is, but his Wilson Pickett screaming in the songs got me open.
If I could sing, I would sing exactly like Wilson Pickett. I can't so therefore I reach for his music any chance I get.
I'll also keep my fingers crossed that I come across a book, books or Waxpoetics article about him sooner than later.
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2. Ike Turner's Kings Of Rhythm – Funky Mule
3. Bo Diddley – The Shape I'm In
4. Merry Clayton - Gimme Shelter
5. Harmonica Paul – Motherless Child
6. Ramsey Lewis – Mighty Quinn
7. Lonnie Mack - Memphis
8. The George Benson Quartet – Benson's Rider
9. Clarence Carter - Snatching It Back
10. James Brown – Nose Job
11. Five Stairsteps & Cubie – We Must Be In Love
12. David McCallum - The Edge
13. Dyke & The Blazers – You Are My Sunshine
14. Otis Redding - You Left The Water Running
15. Johnnie Taylor - Love Bones
16. The Staples Singers - If You're Ready (Come Go With Me)
17. Wilson Pickett - Take That Pollution Out Your Throat
18. Robert Palmer - Pressure Drop
19. Ken Boothe - My Love
20. Gwen McCrae - 90% Of Me Is You
21. The Illusion - Together
22. Norman Greenbaum - Spirit In The Sky
23. Patrice Rushen - Givin' It Up Is Givin' Up
24. Herbie Hancock - Watermelon Man
25. Buddy Miles - Down By The River
26. Donovan - Season Of The Witch
27. Gary Bartz NTU Troop - Celestial Blues