Wilson Pickett (March 18, 1941 January 19, 2006) was an American R&B/Soul singer and songwriter. A major figure in the development of American soul music, Pickett recorded over 50 songs which made the US R&B charts, and frequently crossed over to the US Billboard Hot 100. Among his best known hits are 'In the Midnight Hour' (which he co-wrote), 'Land of 1,000 Dances', 'Mustang Sally', and 'Funky Broadway'. The impact of Pickett's songwriting and recording led to his 1991 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Pickett was born March 18, 1941 in Prattville, Alabama, and grew up singing in Baptist church choirs. He was the fourth of 11 children and called his mother 'the baddest woman in my book,' telling historian Gerri Hirshey: 'I get scared of her now. She used to hit me with anything, skillets, stove wood (one time I ran away and) cried for a week. Stayed in the woods, me and my little dog.' Pickett eventually left to live with his father in Detroit in 1955.
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