Pickett dies of Heart Attack at age 64
January 20th, 2006
soul singer of popular hits, “Mustang Sally” and “In the Midnight
Hour” died Thursday of a heart attack at age 64.
In 1965, “In the
Midnight Hour” was his first big hit. He was an Alabama native and
was performing up until last year. He stalled with his music career
in the 1970’s when he switched record labels. In 1981, he toured
with a group of R&B musical veterans - Solomon Burke, Joe Tex, Don
Covay, and Ben E. King. The tour called “Soul Clan” was not as
big of a hit as hoped.
was born on March 18th, 1941 in Prattville, Alabama. He
had a humble upbringing with 10 brothers and sisters. The mother
was said to be abusive to him. His grandfather, a preacher, was
said to have beat him when he sang secular songs. When Pickett was
in his mid-teens he moved to Detroit to live with his father.
Pickett joined up
with an R&B group called the Falcons despite his roots with gospel
music. In 1962, he wrote and sang the lead for the hit song called
“I Found a Love.” He also wrote other hit songs including “If You
Need Me” which was performed by both Solomon Burke and the Rolling
Pickett has a
fiancée and two sons and two daughters. There will be a wake in
Virginia next week, followed by a burial in Louisville, Kentucky.
Best Syndication Staff Writer
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