Wilson Pickett

634-5789 (Soulsville, U.S.A.)

Composed by Eddie Floyd / Steve Cropper

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Wilson Pickett and Eddie Floyd had been bandmates in the Falcons. Floyd later moved to Washington, D.C., and met radio DJ Al Bell who would later head Stax Records. During December 1965, Pickett returned to Memphis to try to recapture the magic date to his breakthrough hit "In the Midnight Hour." Floyd, now a Stax songwriter, had been co-writing "634-5789 (Soulsville, USA)" with Steve Cropper. The two were so excited about the song that they took Pickett straight from the airport to the studio to hear a demo. Even though Pickett didn't liked the song at first, the recording session was held on December 20, 1965. Cropper played on the session along with the other members of Booker T. & the MG's. Co-produced by Cropper and Stax co-owner Jim Stewart, "634-5789 (Soulsville, USA)" parked at number one R&B for seven weeks, while going to number 13 pop in the spring of 1966. His LP The Exciting Wilson Pickett also included "Land of 1000 Dances," "Ninety Nine and a Half Won't Do," and "In the Midnight Hour."

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
The Exciting Wilson Pickett 1966 Rhino 3:00
The Best of Wilson Pickett [Atlantic] 1967 Friday Music
Wilson Pickett's Greatest Hits [1985] 1985 Rhino / Atlantic 2:53
Memphis Soul 1987
Various Artists
Warner Music 2:57
Classic Rock: 1966 - Shakin' All Over 1989
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:56
Rhythm & Blues: 1966 1990
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974 [Box] 1991
Various Artists
Atlantic 2:52
A Man and a Half: The Best of Wilson Pickett 1992 Rhino / Atlantic 2:53
The Very Best of Wilson Pickett [Rhino] 1993 Rhino 3:00
Soul Hits, Vol. 2 [Rhino] 1993
Various Artists
Rhino 2:59
The R&B Box: 30 Years of Rhythm & Blues 1994
Various Artists
Rhino / Rhino/Warner Bros.
Kings & Queens of Soul 1997
Various Artists
Rhino Flashback 3:00
25 Years of R&B: 1966 1997
Various Artists
Flashback Records / Rhino Flashback 2:59
25 Years of R&B 1998
Various Artists
Rhino Flashback 2:59
The Classic Rhythm & Blues Collection, Vol. 5: The Sixties 2001
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:55
#1 R&B Hits 1965-1969 2001
Various Artists
GNP/Crescendo 2:58
The Essentials 2002 Atlantic / Warner Music 2:58
Hard to Find Soul 2005
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:56
The Definitive 2006 Rhino / Warner Music
Best of 60s Soul [Madacy] 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 2:59
The Definitive Soul Collection 2006 Rhino / Atlantic 2:59
The  Complete Atlantic Singles, Vol. 1 2016 Real Gone Music 2:58
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