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Wilson Pickett

Wilson Pickett
Wilson Pickett and Liane Hansen at Pickett's Home
Wilson Pickett, the "wicked" Pickett was an R&B icon of the 60s and 70s. Born in Prattville, Alabama, in 1941, he made his first record in 1962 as lead vocal of the singing group The Falcons. A recording contract with Atlantic Records got him to Memphis and the famous studio at Stax Records. His gruff tenor and big lungs made Pickett songs like Midnight Hour and Mustang Sally some of the best dance tunes of their day and two of the most enduring soul classics.

Recognized as one of the most talented vocalists of his generation, Pickett has been out of the studio for several years -- preferring instead to give live performances. But now he's back with his first new album in 12 years, titled It's Harder Now.

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Hear Weekend Edition Sunday's Liane Hansen chat with Wilson Pickett at his home.

This piece was produced by Carline Windall.