First recorded by Dyke & the Blazers (1966).
Hit version by Wilson Pickett (US #8/R&B #1/UK #43 1967).
From the wiki: “‘Funky Broadway’ was written by Arlester ‘Dyke’ Christian. It was originally recorded by his band, Dyke & the Blazers, in 1966, and was made into a hit by Wilson Pickett the following year. The song is notable as being the first charted single with the word ‘Funky’ in the title as well as being prototypical Funk music itself. The ‘Broadway’ in the title refers to the Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood in Buffalo, NY; not the famous Broadway theater district in New York City.”
Written and first recorded by Chris Kenner (1961).
Hit version by Alvin Robinson (US #54/R&B #6 1964).
Also recorded by Moody Blues (1965), Wilson Pickett (1966), Herman Hitson (1966), Bruce Springsteen (1974).
From the wiki: “‘Something You Got’ was written by New Orleans R&B singer and songwriter Chris Kenner (‘Land of 1000 Dances‘, ‘I Like It Like That‘) who released it in 1961 as a single, with ‘Come and See About Me’ on the B-side, and as an album track on the 1966 album Land of 1000 Dances. Covered later with some acclaim by Wilson Pickett (who also covered Kenner’s ‘Land of 1000 Dances’), ‘Something You Got’ charted only with the 1964 version recorded by Alvin Robinson.”
Co-written and first recorded by Solomon Burke (US #58/R&B #4 1964).
Also recorded by The Rolling Stones (1965).
Other hit versions by Wilson Pickett (US #29/R&B #19 1967), The Blues Brothers (1980 |UK #12 1990).
From the wiki: “‘Everybody Needs Somebody to Love’ was written by Bert Berns, Solomon Burke and Jerry Wexler, and was originally recorded by Burke at Atlantic Records in 1964. His original charted in 1964, peaking at #4 on the R&B chart but missing the US Top 40. Wilson Pickett covered the song in 1966, and his recording did make it to #29 on the Top 40 and #19 R&B in early 1967. A re-release of The Blues Brothers’ 1978 recording nudged the UK Top 10 in 1990. ‘Everybody Needs Somebody to Love’ is ranked #429 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”
Co-written and first recorded by Eddie Floyd (1966).
Hit version by Wilson Pickett (US #13/R&B #1/UK #36 1966).
Also recorded by Tina Turner & Robert Cray (1986).
From the wiki: “‘634-5789 (Soulsville, U.S.A.)’ was written by Eddie Floyd and Steve Cropper, in the spirit of ‘Beechwood 4-5789’ by The Marvelettes (1962). First recorded by Floyd, ‘634-5789’ was later covered in 1966 by Wilson Pickett whose recording was a US Top 15 hit and #1 R&B. The song has been covered by many performers including Otis Redding, Ry Cooder, and Tower of Power. Bruce Springsteen also performs the song live in many occasions.”
Written and first recorded by “Sir” Mack Rice (R&B #15 1965).
Other hit versions by Wilson Pickett (US #23/R&B #6/UK #28 1967 |UK #62 1987), The Commitments (UK #63 1991).
From the wiki: “According to music historian Tom Shannon the song started as a joke. Mack Rice wrote a song called ‘Mustang Mama’ after visiting his friend, the actress/singer Della Reese, in New York City. Reese told him that she was thinking about buying her drummer a new Lincoln for his birthday, which Rice, being from Detroit, thought was a great idea. When Rice mentioned this to Shields, the drummer replied, ‘I don’t want a Lincoln, I want a Mustang.’
Written and first recorded by Chris Kenner (1962).
Also recorded by Danny & The Memories (1965).
Hit versions by Cannibal & The Headhunters (US #30 1965), Wilson Pickett (US #6/R&B #1 1966).
From the wiki: “Written and first recorded by Chris Kenner in 1962, ‘Land of 1000 Dances’ is famous for its ‘na na na na na’ hook added by Cannibal & The Headhunters in their 1965 version. (The ‘na na na na na’ hook happened by accident when Frankie ‘Cannibal’ Garcia, lead singer of Cannibal & The Headhunters, forgot the lyrics. The melody to that section of the song was also created spontaneously, as it is not on Kenner’s original recording.) The song’s best-known version was Wilson Pickett’s 1966 single release, from the album The Exciting Wilson Pickett, which became an R&B #1 and Billboard Top 10 hit, his highest-charting Pop song.
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