Today is the birthday of Wilson Pickett (1941-2006). An Alabama native, Pickett began as a gospel singer, making the transition to what later became known as soul music by the mid 50s. His string of hits came a decade later, notably “In the Midnight Hour” (1965), “Mustang Sally”, “The Land of 1,000 Dances”, and “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love” (all 1966), “Funky Broadway” (1967), and an excellent cover of The Beatles’ “Hey Jude” (1968). His career started to fall off in the mid 1970s.
Here’s an amazing live version of “Mustang Sally”. I’m only posting it today because I like it!