Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Wilson Pickett's Grave in Louisville , Ky

Wayne McDonald and I were talking today and Wayne mentioned that Wilson Pickett was buried in Louisville . Your humble blogger did not know that but thought that you all should know too . You never know when a bit of trivia may be useful .

Wilson Pickett

Birth: Mar. 18, 1941 Prattville (Autauga County) Alabama
Death: Jan. 19, 2006  Reston , VA 

Legendary Soul Singer, Composer. He was dubbed “The Wicked Pickett” my radio DJ’s and fans, for his gruff power, raw groove and growling energy he brought to R & B music for over four decades.He first performed in the gospel harmony group the Violinaires in the 1950s and became a member of the Falcons in 1959. Their hit "I Found a Love" helped Pickett make a deal with Atlantic Records and the hook up with renowned producer Jerry Wexler at Stax Records. There with Steve Cropper, the guitarist in Booker T and the MGs, he co-wrote "In the Midnight Hour" a 1965 number one hit.In 1966, he followed with the classic hit, "Mustang Sally, a cover of "Land of 1000 Dances," "Funky Broadway," 1967 and the telephonic hit "634-5789." By the early 1970s, he had released several cover hits to include, The Beatles' "Hey Jude" and "Sugar, Sugar" by The Archies.His last hit song was "Fire and Water" in 1972.Through the 1980s, he continued to be a popular figure performing for jazz and soul music showcases.In 1991, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and received a Grammy nomination for his album, “It's Harder Now" in 1999, which also received three W.C. Handy Awards, the in-genre trophy for blues and soul recordings.On January 18, 1999, he was inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame and received a life time achivement award. For the film "Blues Brothers 2000," he performed at the Los Angeles and New York premieres of the movie.(bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 

Pickett died from a heart attack on January 19, 2006 in Reston, Virginia. He was 64.He was laid to rest in a mausoleum in Louisville, Kentucky at Evergreen Cemetery on Preston Highway. Pickett spent many years in Louisville when his mother moved there from Alabama. The eulogy was delivered by Pastor Steve Owens of Decatur, GeorgiaLittle Richard, a long-time friend of Pickett's, also spoke about him and preached a message at the funeral.He was remembered on March 20, 2006, at New York's B.B. King Blues Club with performances by the Commitments,Ben E King, his long-term backing band the Midnight Movers, soul singer Bruce "Big Daddy" Wayne, and Southside Johnny in front of an audience that included members of his family, including two brothers.
More at Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilson_Pickett 
Evergreen Cemetery Louisville (Jefferson County)Kentucky, USA

Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Ashley Bell      Record added: Jan 19, 2006
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