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Wilson Pickett dies

Soul legend Wilson Pickett has died at the age of 64.

The singer, whose hits included In The Midnight Hour, Mustang Sally and Land Of 1000 Dances, suffered a heart attack yesterday (January 19th).

Born in Alabama in 1941, Pickett became a pivotal figure in 60s soul, signing with Atlantic Records in 1964. After co-writing the classic In The Midnight Hour in 1965, he went on to enjoy further fame with the legendary Stax label for the remainder of the decade.

Speaking to a Washington-based TV station, one of Pickett's six children, Michael Wilson Pickett, said of his father's legacy, "He did his part. It was a great ride, a great trip, I loved him and I'm sure he was well-loved, and I just hope that he's given his props."

In a separate statement, Aretha Franklin described Pickett as one of the greatest soul singers of all time. She added, "He will absolutely be missed. I am thankful that I got the chance to speak to him not too long ago."

After what the singer himself described as a "career breakdown" in the Seventies and Eighties, his music received renewed interest following the film The Commitments in 1991. 

He was inducted into the Rock 'N' Roll Hall Of Fame in the same year, while his final album, It's Harder Now, was nominated for a Grammy in 1999.

Pickett is survived by his fiancee and four children. He will be buried next to his mother in Louisville, Kentucky.

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