Thursday, January 19, 2006

Wilson Pickett Tribute Set

My tribute to Wilson Pickett is available here. There is so much material to pick from, so I've decided to do this set and then to feature other Pickett tracks from Saturday into next week (this post will replace my usual Friday posting). The playlist below was designed to go beyond Pickett's most-known hits. Upon reviewing what other sites are posting, I'll pick a range of material to present from Saturday forward.

The playlist:

1. I Found a Love (The Falcons & Band)
2. That's a Man's Way
3. Ninety-Nine and a Half (Just Won't Do)
4. For Better or Worse
5. I Found a True Love
6. I'm in Love
7. Hey Jude
8. Sugar Sugar
9. Don't Knock My Love (Pt. 1)
10. Soft Soul Boogie Woogie
11. Outskirts of Town
12. Cole, Cooke & Redding

I tried to stick to a roughly chronological format, ranging from his first hit with the Falcons, through the Atlantic era, his last top 20 R&B hit ("Soft Soul Boogie Woogie," released on RCA), and my favorite track from his Handy Award-winning comeback CD "It's Getting Harder." I closed with his 1970 hit "Cole, Cooke & Redding." The song is actually "Abraham, Martin & John" done in honor of Nat "King" Cole, Sam Cooke and Otis Redding, but the final minute and a half or so is so touching and I knew the tribute had to include the song. Pickett said that although his friends had gone on, he knew they'd be waiting for him in heaven. Well, now it's Cole, Cooke, Redding and Pickett, and what a soul hootenanny they'll have!

In my Live Journal I have written some words of eulogy about Pickett, and you are welcome to check them out. I look forward to honoring his great work on this blog for a few days.


Anonymous said...

Would you post tracks 2,4,5,9,10,12
individually, please?

Go straight to heaven, Mr Pickett

Raggedy said...

Thank you so much for this tribute. I'll always associate Wilson Pickett's voice with those wonderfully wild years of my youth.

R.I.P. Wilson

Raggedy said...

I just listened to Cole, Cooke and Redding ... Gosh that song gave me gooseflesh.