WILSON PICKETT was born this day in 1941, and for a time lived in New Jersey. He began singing with Detroit's FALCONS, and scored his first chart hit with them on "I Found a Love." Later, as a solo, he racked up many big hits such as "634-5789," "Mustang Sally," "Don't Let the Green Grass Fool You," "Don't Knock My Love," "I'm a Midnight Mover," "Land of 1,000 Dances," and "In the Midnight Hour." The latter was allegedly written by Pickett and Steve Cropper in the Lorraine Motel in Memphis in 1965 - indeed the same Motel in which the great Martin Luther King was assassinated only 3 years later. Enjoy a live performance of that classic song below. Wish I had gotten to meet this talented man.

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