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Wilson Pickett: Singer who revolutionised the sound of '60s Soul

Dave Laing, The Guardian, 20 January 2006

IN 1964 Wilson Pickett, who has died of a heart attack aged 64, was signed by Atlantic Records of New York. It was an era when Atlantic, through its promotion of Ray Charles and others, was one of the dominant labels selling black music. At Atlantic, Pickett, who had been signed after making some minor hit records from his base in Detroit, released 'Come Home Baby'. On that disc its producer Bert Berns had presented Pickett as a crooner – and it duly flopped.

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