March 8, 2012 by fleamarketfunk
I got a quick shout from Simon over at Demus Productions, who hepped me to this dynamite Wilson Picket program airing over on BBC2 on Monday March 12th at 22:00 GMT. Hosted by The Who’s Roger Daltrey, it chronicles the life and times of Pickett, from his early come up days as a youth and singer in the Detroit group The Falcons to the successful solo artist he grew into. Songs like “Mustang Sally”, “In The Midnight Hour”, and “Land of 1000 Dances” were just a few of his hits that made him a star, but Wilson always had a fiery side to him. Early on he was known to fight at church while singing, and later on jaded by other artists (specifically British artists) who mimicked him and took away his success in his own country, he would move on to an alcohol and drug dependency as his career was on the decline. Pickett died at age 64 in 2006, but left a long legacy of music and stories behind with him. This story is told through archival footage of Pickett as well as by his peers: Bobby Womack, Steve Cropper, Bobby Eli, Willie Schofield, Eddie Floyd, Sir Mack Rice, Rick Hall, Spooner Oldham and many more. This looks to be a good one, one not to be missed.
Check out the BBC2 page for more information.