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Two weeks ago, it was Lou Rawls, this week it's Wilson Pickett called home. We're starting to run low on soul singers.

Pickett was a revelation the first time I heard him sing, which would have been "I Found a Love" which he recorded with The Falcons in 1962, I believe. Pickett rarely got the credit for some of the groundbreaking things he did. He was one of the first to use rock musicians (like Duane Allman) on his recording sessions, one of the first to use material by newer songwriters like Bobby Womack and to cover rock tunes (his version of "Hey Jude" is, for me, the definitive one).

I guess we'll all be standing on Funky Broadway, Looking for a Love, and Waiting 'til the Midnight Hour, now. Good God, y'all.

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