5 Songs You May Not Have Realized That Wilson Pickett Covered
Today we celebrate the birthday of the late, great Wilson Pickett, noted citizen of the Land of 1,000 Dances and a man known for waiting âtil the midnight hour. To commemorate the occasion, weâve put together a list of five songs you may not have realized that Pickett â a noted interpret of other peopleâs material â covered during the course of his career.
- âBorn to Be Wildâ (1968): Overshadowed slightly by the title track of the album from which it hailed (HEY JUDE), this Steppenwolf cover showed that just because Pickett was an R&B singer didnât mean that he couldnât still rock.
- âYou Keep Me Hanginâ Onâ (1969): Pickettâs take on the Supremes classic was a solid one, but with such formidable takes on the track by Iron Butterfly and Kim Wilde, his version is often forgotten.
- âMama Told Me Not to Comeâ (1972): Written by Randy Newman, made famous by Three Dog Night, and given an injection of proper soul by Pickett.
- âLove Will Keep Us Togetherâ (1976): While this cover wasnât recorded for an album thatâs part of our catalog, the idea of Pickett taking on the Captain and Tennille is too good not to share.
- âGroovinââ (1978): Funny that todayâs other post is one about the Rascals, given that Pickett gave a beautifully soulful reading to one of their hits.