The Wicked Pickett’s signature scream established him as a soul icon.
Wilson Pickett had swagger. He was soulful and seductive, but Pickett was most famous for his scream, a powerful belt that he inexplicably kept dead on pitch.
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Hall of Fame Essay
Showering his volcano of a voice over a stripped-down backbeat, Wilson Pickett was the original Midnight Mover, a man-and-a-half to a legion of female admirers, a modern-day Stagger Lee who fought with the Devil and came out on top.
Rough-hewn, sex-driven, he brought passion and pain to every throaty scream. Because there was no in-between for Wilson Pickett, the “Wicked” Pickett, the blood and guts of Southern soul.
I’m pretty sure he would like to say thank you to the Lord.
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