Monday, January 23, 2006

Wilson Pickett died but MUSTANG SALLY lives on

According to the Associated Press, "Wilson Pickett, the soul pioneer best known for the fiery hits "Mustang Sally" and "In The Midnight Hour," died of a heart attack Thursday in a Reston, Virginia, hospital, according to his management company. He was 64."

The day of his death, I was in the audience where Rick Kelly, a Detroit-based entertainer who came to Tampa to entertain us at the RV Super Show Rally, led the entire audience singing--complete with coordinated hand movements--In the Midnight Hour.

I'm a Pickett fan, and especially a fan of Mustang Sally. It's no coincidence that I named the heroine in my upcoming RESTORE MY HEART "Sally" or her fictional auto-restoration business in Louisville, Kentucky, "Mustang Sally's." She drives a 1964½ Mustang, earning her the nickname she shares with Wilson Pickett's hit song.

Coincidentally, Wilson Pickett will be laid to rest next to his mother in a cemetary in Louisville, Ky. His music lives on and on. As the Righteous Brothers sang, "If there's a rock-n-roll heaven, I know they have a helluva band."



Vanessa Hart said...

FYI: He'll be buried in Louisville in Evergreen Cemetary on Saturday.

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