Wilson Pickett

Land of 1000 Dances

Composed by Chris Kenner / Fats Domino

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New Orleans singer/songwriter Chris Kenner had a 1961 number two R&B/pop hit with "I Like I Like That" and a 1963 hit with "Land of 1000 Dances." Atlantic A&R head Jerry Wexler changed Wilson Pickett's recording base from Memphis' Stax Records to Rick Hall's Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL, during May 1966. Hall rounded up members of the Muscle Shoals rhythm section: drummer Roger Hawkins, bassist Tommy Cogbill, keyboardist Spooner Oldham, and guitarists Chips Moman and Jimmy Johnson, along with the Memphis Horns' Andrew Love, Wayne Jackson, Floyd Newman, and Charlie Chalmers. Produced by Wexler and Hall from the LP The Exciting Wilson Pickett, "Land of 1000 Dances" went to number one R&B and number six pop in the summer of 1966. Pickett redid the song for the soundtrack of the 1988 Dan Aykroyd/John Candy movie The Great Outdoors.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
The Exciting Wilson Pickett 1966 Rhino 2:28
The Best of Wilson Pickett [Atlantic] 1967 Friday Music
No Image 1971
Original Soundtrack
Atlantic
Wilson Pickett's Greatest Hits [1985] 1985 Rhino / Atlantic 2:23
20 Party Classics 1986
Various Artists
Warner Bros. 2:24
Rockin' Down the Block, Vol. 2 1987
Various Artists
Silver Eagle Records 2:26
Classic Rock: 1966 - The Beat Goes On 1988
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:28
Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974 [Box] 1991
Various Artists
Atlantic / Rhino / Rhino Atlantic 2:28
A Man and a Half: The Best of Wilson Pickett 1992 Rhino / Rhino Atlantic 2:28
The Very Best of Wilson Pickett [Rhino] 1993 Rhino 2:28
Soul Hits, Vol. 2 [Rhino] 1993
Various Artists
Rhino 2:27
The Entertainers 1994 Saar
No Image 1995
Various Artists
Rhino 2:27
18 Soul Hits from the '60s 1996
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 2:24
Sports Rock [Rhino Flashback] 1997
Various Artists
Flashback Records / Rhino Flashback 2:27
25 Years of R&B: 1966 1997
Various Artists
Flashback Records / Rhino Flashback 2:25
Shakin 60's 1997
Various Artists
Coyote Records 2:26
The Full Monty [Original Soundtrack] 1997
Original Soundtrack
RCA Victor / RCA 2:24
25 Years of R&B 1998
Various Artists
Rhino Flashback 2:25
Ultimate 60's Soul Smashes 1998
Various Artists
Rhino
Bar-B-Que Soul-A-Bration 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 2:27
The Best Sixties Album in the World...Ever! [1998] 1999
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:25
Where It's At: Soul in the Midnight Hour 1999
Various Artists
Kent 2:26
Definitive Sound of Atlantic Soul [Warner] 1999
Various Artists
Warner Bros. / Warner Music / Wrong 2:26
Film 2000 2000
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:26
Instant Party: Blow-Out! 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 2:24
Say It Loud! A Celebration of Black Music in America [Box Set] 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 2:26
The Blues & Soul, Vol. 1: 1966-1969 2002
Various Artists
Connoisseur 2:26
The Essentials 2002 Atlantic / Warner Music 2:26
R&B Soul Classics 2002
Various Artists
Repertoire 2:25
All the 60's 2003
Various Artists
Warner Music 2:27
Jammin Soul, Vol. 2 2003
Various Artists
Rhino Flashback 2:26
The Ultimate Soul Collection, Vol. 2 2003
Various Artists
Warner Elektra Atlantic Corp.
Soul to Soul [DVD & CD] [Rhino] 2004
Various Artists
Reelin' in the Years 5:12
Atlantic Gold 2005
Various Artists
WEA International 2:25
That's Soul, Vol. 1 2005
Various Artists
Eastwest/Atlantic 2:27
All That Soul 2005
Various Artists
WEA/Warner 2:27
The Immortal Wilson Pickett 2006 Collectables 2:26
Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974, Vol. 6: 1965-1967 2006
Various Artists
WEA International 2:26
The Definitive 2006 Rhino / Warner Music
Best of 60s Soul [Madacy] 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 2:29
The Definitive Soul Collection 2006 Rhino 2:26
Atlantic R&B Box Set 2006
Various Artists
WEA International 2:26
This Is Soul [Wea International] 2007
Various Artists
WEA International 2:24
100 Hits: 60s 2007
Various Artists
DMG / DMG TV 2:26
No Image 2007
Various Artists
WEA/Bose 2:30
Black Magic: Music from the Dan Klores Film 2008
Original Soundtrack
Rhino 2:27
The Full Monty [RCA Victor Europe] 2008
Various Artists
RCA Victor 2:25
Paris [Original Soundtrack] 2008
Original Soundtrack
UP Music / Warner Music 2:23
Only in America: Atlantic Soul Classics 2009
Various Artists
Atlantic / Rhino / Rhino Atlantic 2:27
100 Soul Classics 2009
Various Artists
Rhino
The Collectables Classics: The Immortal Wilson Pickett 2010 Collectables 2:26
Original Album Series 2010 Rhino 2:28
100 Hits: Sixties Pop 2010
Various Artists
100 Hits 2:26
The Fame Studios Story: 1961-1973 2011
Various Artists
Kent Soul 2:23
Soul: The Collection 2012
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music 2:26
Party Rock 2012
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:11
Sixties Soul Machine 2013
Various Artists
Rhino 2:25
Beach Party RTL Georges Lang 2015
Various Artists
WEA 2:25
Jon Savage Presents 1966: The Year the Decade Exploded 2015
Various Artists
Ace / Kent 2:24
The  Complete Atlantic Singles, Vol. 1 2016 Real Gone Music 2:26
In the Midnight Hour & the Exciting Wilson Pickett 2016 Edsel
100 Hits: 60s [2015]
Various Artists
100 Hits
No Image
Various Artists
Telerad
3/60: Soul Classics
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 2:26
60s Hits [Crimson]
Various Artists
Crimson / Crimson Productions
American Classics [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music 2:28
Atlantic Gold: 100 Soul Classics
Various Artists
Rhino Atlantic / Warner Music 2:27
Best of Soul: 20 Original Hits
Various Artists
Warner Music 2:28
Classic '60s [Spectrum]
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 2:26
Classic Love Songs of Rock 'N' Roll
Various Artists
Time Life 2:25
Craig Charles: Funk & Soul Classics
Various Artists
Sony Music 2:23
Introducing...Soul
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music 2:26
Mod Anthems, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Rhino
Mod: The Collection
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music 2:26
Party Soul
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:11
Simply Road Trip
Various Artists
Simply
Soul of the '60s
Various Artists
Time Life 2:24
Sweet Soul Music [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino 2:26
The Best Ever Funk and Disco
Various Artists
Rhino
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