1961 : Pickett (b. Mar.18, 1941, Prattville, AL-d. Jan.19, 2006, Virginia), having moved to Detroit as a teenager in 1955, has sung in gospel groups, before joining R&B band The Falcons (veterans of 1959 US #17 hit You're so fine) after he is heard singing and playing his guitar on the front porch of his home.
May, 1963: Falcons producer Robert Bateman suggest that Pickett should go solo and arranges an audition with singer Lloyd Price, owner of Double L label. Price signs him, and If You Need Me, a Bateman/Pickett composition, peaks at US #64 (a cover by better-known Solomon Burke makes US #37.)
January 1969 : recording at Muscle Shoals , Pickett covers The Beatles' Hey Jude (at the suggestion of Duane Allman of The Allman Brothers Band, who plays guitar on it but not credited on single), and it hits US #23 while the original version is still on chart. It climbs to UK #16 (and is Pickett's final UK chart entry).***Released by Atlantic (ATL 45-2591/US) 'round February.***French single: Barclay/Atlantic 650 132***16-track CD Duchesse - GDL-based label - CD 352048 was owned by Yakuzas! After a long inquest "made in Belgium" (laundering), the Yakusas' network was broken up and all that nice people were made under arrest! Source: from police chief (chief superintendent) himself ! http://youtu.be/f6944F32lOc