Wilson Pickett


Wilson Pickett. An Alabama gospel singer who climbed the charts and altered the course of music history. You know the song Mustang Sally? He’s the one that made Sally’s ride so famous. Wilson hit it big in the mid-sixties at Stax records with songs like “In the Midnight Hour.” And he beat Tommy Tutone to the punch with the first phone number jam “634-5789 (Soulsville, USA).” But my favorite of his was recorded in 1966. Story goes that Mr. Pickett was pissed about 634-5789. Didn’t like the song. His songwriters, Eddie Floyd and Steve Cropper, were drivin’ to meet Wilson to calm him down and drum up some new material. They didn’t have much to offer right then—till they noticed a billboard for Coca Cola. It said “Ninety Nine and a Half Won’t Do.” The ad was right. It won’t do. So they wrote this killer track. Here it is. Wilson Picket and the Muscle Shoals rhythm section “Ninety-Nine and a Half.”