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 ‘til the midnight hour. To commemorate the occasion, we’ve put together a list of five songs you may not have realized that Pickett – a noted interpret of other people’s material – covered during the course of his career.
- “Born to Be Wild” (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 didn’t mean that he couldn’t still rock.
- “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” (1969): Pickett’s 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.
- “Mama Told Me Not to Come” (1972): Written by Randy Newman, made famous by Three Dog Night, and given an injection of proper soul by Pickett.
- “Love Will Keep Us Together” (1976): While this cover wasn’t recorded for an album that’s part of our catalog, the idea of Pickett taking on the Captain and Tennille is too good not to share.
- “Groovin’” (1978): Funny that today’s other post is one about the Rascals, given that Pickett gave a beautifully soulful reading to one of their hits.