Wilson Pickett, RIP


One of the greatest southern soul singers—a man who managed to turn even "Sugar Sugar" into something funky and soulful—has just died. If you want to explore his music, Rhino's double-disc collection A Man and a Half is probably the best place to start; if you want an armful of his wild-man personality, it comes through in the Pennebaker/Hegedus documentary Only the Strong Survive. Honor his memory at maximum volume.