Wilson Pickett biography
In 2003, he co-starred in the D.A. Pennebaker directed documentary Only the Strong Survive, a selection of both the 2002 Cannes and Sundance Film Festivals. In 2003, Pickett was also a judge for the second annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists' careers.
Pickett spent the twilight of his career playing dozens of concert dates a year until 2004, when he began suffering from health problems. While in the hospital, he returned to his spiritual roots and told his sister that he wanted to record a gospel album. However, he never recovered.
DeathPickett died from a heart attack on January 19, 2006 in Reston, Virginia. He was 64. He was laid to rest in a mausoleum in Louisville, Kentucky at Evergreen Cemetery on Preston Highway. Pickett spent many years in Louisville when his mother moved there from Alabama. The eulogy was delivered by Pastor Steve Owens of Decatur, Georgia. Little Richard, a long-time friend of Pickett's, also spoke about him and preached a message at the funeral. He was remembered on March 20, 2006, at New York's B.B. King Blues Club with performances by the Commitments, Ben E King, his long-term backing band the Midnight Movers, soul singer Bruce "Big Daddy" Wayne, and Southside Johnny in front of an audience that included members of his family, including two brothers.
- It's Too Late (1963, Double L)
- In The Midnight Hour (1965, Atlantic)
- The Exciting Wilson Pickett (1966, Atlantic) US: #21
- The Best Of Wilson Pickett (1967, Atlantic) US: #35
- The Wicked Pickett (1967, Atlantic) US: #42
- The Sound of Wilson Pickett (1967, Atlantic) US: #54
- I'm In Love (1967, Atlantic) US: #70
- The Midnight Mover (1968, Atlantic) US: #91
- Hey Jude (1969, Atlantic) US: #97
- Right On (1970, Atlantic)
- Wilson Pickett In Philadelphia (1970, Atlantic) US: #64
- The Best Of Wilson Pickett, Vol. II (1971, Atlantic) US: #73
- Don't Knock My Love (1972, Atlantic) US: #132
- Mr. Magic Man (1973, RCA) US: #187
- Wilson Pickett's Greatest Hits (1973) US: #178
- Miz Lena's Boy (1973, RCA) US: #212
- Pickett In The Pocket (1974, RCA)
- Live In Japan (1974, RCA)
- Join Me And Let's Be Free (1975, RCA)
- Chocolate Mountain (1976, Wicked)
- Funky Situation (1978, Big Tree)
- I Want You (1979, EMI) US: #205
- Right Track (1981, EMI)
- American Soul Man (1987, Motown)
- A Man And A Half: The Best Of Wilson Pickett (1992, Rhino/Atlantic)
- It's Harder Now (1999, Bullseye Blues)
- Live And Burnin' - Stockholm '69 (2009, Soulsville)
- Live In Germany 1968 (2009, Crypt Records 2009)
- Funky Midnight Mover: The Atlantic Studio Recordings (1962-1978) (2010, Rhino)
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