Hello,  One of the most popular songs I am asked to play at my oldies dances is the Wilson Pickett classic  MUSTANG SALLY.  Wilson Pickett was born on March 18, 1941 in Prattville, Alabama.  He moved to Detroit, Michigan in 1955.  He was a member of The Falcons from 1961-1963.

Wilson was not the first to record  MUSTANG SALLY.   The R&B classic was written and first recorded by Sir Mack Rice in 1965.  The song actually started as a joke when Della Reese wanted a new Ford Mustang.  Rice called the early version,  MUSTANG MAMA, but its said he changed the title after Aretha Franklin suggested,  MUSTANG SALLY.  Rice’s version made it to #15 on the Billboard R&B chart in 1965.

Wilson Pickett’s version actually became his 11th charted pop hit and followed his #1 R&B hit  LAND OF 1000 DANCES in 1966.  On November 26, 1966  MUSTANG SALLY on Atlantic Records  made its Billboard Hot 100 debut.  The single climbed the pop chart to #23.  On December 3, 1966 the single charted on the Billboard R&B chart and climbed all the way to #6.  Over the years the song has become an R&B classic.  Wilson Pickett was awarded a Grammy: Hall of Fame award for his classic hit.  The Rolling Stone magazine has it listed on its 500 Greatest Songs of All Time at #441.

This outstanding recording remains as popular today as when it was on the charts in 1966.  It is heavily played on both R&B and Pop oldies radio stations and is much requested on the call in lines.  Wilson Pickett charted 43 pop hits in his career and 49 R&B hits, some charted higher than  MUSTANG SALLY but none have remained as popular through the years.

Wilson Pickett died in January of 2006 at the age of 64.  He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1981…his legendary recordings live on in the “Golden Era Of Rock And Roll”.


Mustang Sally – 1966

Till the next time—Joe


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