Wilson Pickett (March 18, 1941 – January 19, 2006)
American R&B, soul and rock and roll singer and songwriter.
A major figure in the development of American soul music, Pickett recorded over 50 songs which made the US R&B charts, many of which crossed over to the Billboard Hot 100. Among his best-known hits are “In the Midnight Hour” (which he co-wrote), “Land of 1,000 Dances”, “Mustang Sally”, and “Funky Broadway”.
Pickett was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991, in recognition of his impact on songwriting and recording. (Wikipedia)
Portrait of singer Wilson Pickett. Printed on front: “Wilson Pickett. Personal management, James Evans. 200 West 57th St., Suite 1404, New York, N.Y. 10019.” Handwritten on back: “Wilson Pickett.”
Courtesy of the E. Azalia Hackley Collection of African Americans in the Performing Arts, Detroit Public Library
On this day in music history: April 19, 1982 - “Caught Up In You” by .38 Special is released. Written by Don Barnes, Jeff Carlisi and Jim Peterik, it is the eighth single for the rock band from Jacksonville, FL. Formed in 1974 by lead singer and guitarist Don Barnes, .38 Special are born from the same music scene that include fellow Jacksonville natives Lynyrd Skynyrd. .38 Special also features Skynyrd lead vocalist Ronnie Van Zant’s younger brother Donnie among their founding members. The band pay their dues on the bar and club circuit in the south before being signed by A&M Records in 1977. Their first three albums “.38 Special”, “Special Delivery” and “Rockin’ Into The Night” only sell modestly, but A&M remain supportive as they find their footing musically, and as their fan base grows. .38 Special finally has their first real breakthrough in 1981 with the album “Wild-Eyed Southern Boys” featuring their first top 40 single “Hold On Loosely” (#27 Pop). Determined to build on their success, Don Barnes and Jeff Carlisi take a more hands on approach production wise along with producer Rodney Mills on their next album, beginning the sessions in the Fall of 1981. Among the nine original songs the band write for their fifth release, Barnes and Carlisi once again collaborate with Survivor (“Eye Of The Tiger”) guitarist Jim Peterik, who they co-wrote “Hold On Loosely” with. Though Peterik has an easy rapport with the guys from .38 Special, his band mates in Survivor are not happy with him working with outside artists, and potentially giving away hit songs to outsiders. Particularly vocal about this is Jim’s band mate and writing partner Frankie Sullivan, who later claims that “Caught Up In You” is similar to a Survivor song called “Take It All”. To avoid a potential lawsuit and to keep the peace, Peterik later gives Sullivan a co-writing credit and part of his share of publishing royalties. .38 Special cut the song and know right away that they have a hit on their hands. Released just three weeks ahead of their fifth album “Special Forces”, “Caught Up In You” quickly becomes a hit on pop and mainstream rock radio. Entering the Hot 100 at #82 on May 1, 1982, it peaks at #10 on July 3, 1982, holding that position for three weeks. Coincidentally, “Caught Up In You” reaches its pop chart peak the same week that Survivor’s breakthrough smash “Eye Of The Tiger” crashes into the top ten at #9, on its way to #1. Over time, “Caught” becomes one of .38 Special’s most popular and enduring songs, driving the “Special Forces” album to Platinum status in the US. The song is later featured in the film “Spring Break” and on the video game “Rock Band 4”.