Wilson wrote his best tune with Steve Cropper!
Wilson Pickett wasn’t signed to Stax, he was on Atlantic, however, for a time they collaborated, and in the early/mid-60s, Wilson found himself working with Steve Cropper and the Stax house band. Together they wrote and recorded what was to become one of his biggest tunes, In the Midnight Hour.
This wasn’t just Wilson’s biggest success it was also his breakthrough tune. Prior to In the Midnight Hour, he’d been in Eddie Floyd’s band The Falcons but without any major tunes, the band had little success.
As a solo artist, Pickett had been releasing singles and one album since 1963, but nothing had charted so 1965 and In The Midnight Hour really was the turning point.
The following year, Wilson has three hit tunes, 634-5789 (Soulsville U.S.A), Land of 1,000 Dances, and every covers band’s emergency song, Mustang Sally. The first two went to #1. Mustang Sally only reached #6 but its legacy is far greater.
In early 1967, Wilson released another classic, Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, a tune later featured in the film Blues Brothers.
This two-year period, mid-1965 to early 1967 really defined his career as his five biggest tunes were released during this time.
In 1972 he also recorded Mama Told Me Not To Come, written by Randy Newman, released six years earlier, it had already been a hit and Wilson didn’t manage to resurrect it. In 2000, Tom Jones released his version.
Releasing almost an album a year during the ’70s, Wilson slowed down in the ’80s, with his final album in ‘89, suitably entitled, It’s Harder Now.
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In the Midnight Hour
You can learn how to play In the Midnight Hour by Wilson Pickett using chords, lyrics, chord analysis, and the original recording.
| E A | E A | E A | E A |
I’m gonna wait ’til the midnight hour, that’s when my love comes tumbling down…
You can learn how to play Mustang Sally by Wilson Picket using chords, lyrics, chord analysis, the original recording, and cover versions.
| C7 | C7 | C7 | C7 |
Mustang Sally, huh, uh. Guess you better slow your Mustang down…