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R&B Singer Wilson Pickett Dead at 64

R&B legend Wilson Pickett – the man behind classics including “Mustang Sally” and “Land of 1,000 Dances” – died yesterday of a heart attack in a hospital in Reston, Va., near his home in Ashburn. He was 64.

Known as “Wicked Pickett,” he was not as widely appreciated as some of his peers, such as Aretha Franklin and Otis Redding, made a name for himself with his raw soul sound. President of the Recording Academy Neil Portnow wrote in a statement, “Wilson Pickett was a pioneer of the hard-edged Memphis sound with his trademark raspy vocals, raw soul and funky beats… His music transcends decades to come and will continue to inspire and stir music fans and music makers alike.”

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