Sunday, January 29, 2006
On this day:

Wilson Pickett (1941-2006)

Pickett, who was born and raised in Prattville, Alabama, died Thursday. He is known for such R&B hits as "Mustang Sally" and "In the Midnight Hour." Many of his greatest hits, including "Mustang Sally" and "Land of 1000 Dances," were recorded in Muscle Shoals. In a 1999 interview with the Times-Daily, Pickett said, "Once I hit Muscle Shoals and hooked up with Rick [Hall] and his guys, we were smoking...We made some funky music. Those were great records."

Pickett was inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in 1999.