March 18, 1941
Singer Wilson Pickett was born in Prattville. Working in the cotton fields of his sharecropping parents as a child, Pickett’s music career took off in 1965 with his hit “In the Midnight Hour,” recorded at Stax Records’ studios in Memphis. Pickett recorded many of his biggest hits at Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, including “Land of 1,000 Dances,” “Mustang Sally” and “Funky Broadway.” In all, he recorded more than 50 songs that made the Billboard U.S. R&B charts. Pickett was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 and the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in 1999.
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