Wilson Pickett

The "Wicked" Wilson Pickett was one of the most successful, dynamic and energetic soul singers of the 1960s. Born March 18, 1941 in Prattville, Alabama, Pickett started singing in the Baptist choirs of his home town before moving to Detroit at the age of sixteen. In the late 50s, he made his professional debut as lead singer of The Violinaires, a popular gospel-harmony group from the Detroit area, and from 1961 to 1964 performed with The Falcons, a vocal group which also featured future soul star Eddie Floyd. Pickett wrote The Falcons' 1962 hit, I Found a Love, and after a four-year stint with the group, decided to embark on a solo career, signing with Lloyd Price's Double L Records. At the onset he met with marginal success, but it was his signing with Atlantic Records that turned his career around, especially his association with Atlantic's Jerry Wexler, who arranged the 1965 sessions at the famous Stax recording studios in Memphis. Pickett came into his own as a songwriter and collaborated with Booker T. and the M.G.'s guitarist Steve Cropper on several huge hits including In the Midnight Hour, one of the most enduring soul classics of all time. This legendary entertainer had nineteen Top 40 hits from 1965 to 1972 and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1991.
Sadly, he passed away on January 19, 2006 at the age of 64 after suffering a heart attack. He may no longer be with us, but his high-energy style of soul and rhythm & blues will live on forever.

Lou Rawls
Another great soulful voice silenced last month was that of Lou Rawls, who passed away after a long bout with lung cancer on January 6. His vocal style ranged from gospel and early R&B to soul and jazz to blues and straight-up pop. Rawls was a consummate master of African-American vocal music who was blessed with a four-octave vocal range, which was considered to be a cross between Sam Cooke and Nat King Cole. He made his name as a crooner, first by singing jazz standards, then moving on to soul in the mid-'60s, then entering the most commercial phase of his career with a very successful run at Philadelphia International during the mid-to-late '70s. Even after his record sales started to decline, Rawls remained a highly visible figure in the entertainment world, pursuing an acting and voice-over career in addition to his continued concert appearances. Lou Rawls was 70 years old.


1964 - On Sunday, February 9th, The Beatles made their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. The Fab Four performed All My Loving, Till There Was You, She Loves You, I Saw Her Standing There and I Want to Hold Your Hand.

1969 - Blind Faith was formed after the breakup of supergroups Cream and Traffic. The band featured Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, Steve Winwood and Rick Grech.

1998 - Carl Wilson of The Beach Boys passed away on February 6th after a year-long battle with lung cancer.

What's new this month . . .

CD Reviews:
All The Right Reasons Nickelback
Days of Horses
Aztec Two Step
Joe Perry
Joe Perry
The Great Divide Scott Stapp
Bullet in a Bible
Green Day
Gone Ain't Gone Tim Fite
Round Midnight The Coffin Lids
Down In Albion Babyshambles
Live at the Longhorn Hypstrz

Feature Article:
Lookin' For The Heart of Saturday Night:
One Man's Search For Dion

by Ray D'Ariano

Best of the Best:
Buddy Holly
Otis Redding

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