IN THE MID­NIGHT HOUR: THE LIFE & SOUL OF WIL­SON PICK­ETT

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Tony Fletcher OUP USA

The ti­tle alone is enough to have you singing the epony­mous song. Wil­son Pick­ett’s mu­sic has guar­an­teed him immortality, thanks to tracks like ‘Mus­tang Sally’, ‘Land of 1000 Dances’, ‘Don’t Fight It’ and, of course, ‘In The Mid­night Hour’. So why Wil­son Pick­ett’s story not been told till now? As au­thor Tony Fletcher in­sists in his pref­ace to In the Mid­night Hour, it’s not be­cause there’s noth­ing to tell. The fourth of a fam­ily of eleven chil­dren, Pick­ett found his voice thanks to the influence of church mu­sic and Lit­tle Richard records. The book in­cludes pic­tures of Pick­ett’s child­hood home and snaps of him record­ing with Duane All­man, and ex­plores the story of Pick­ett’s rise to fame and his trou­bled per­sonal life. Com­pelling stuff.

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