The Vinyl Vault journeys to the soul side next time around when we listen to some cuts from Wilson Pickett’s 1969 Atlantic album “Hey Jude.” The album was recorded at Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama with the house band, the Swampers, backing “Wicked Pickett.”

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On the album, Pickett rolled through a program of rock and soul covers including cuts like “Born to be Wild,” “Toe Hold,” “A Man and a Half” and the title cut “Hey Jude,” a song released by the Beatles only three months before Pickett put his stamp on it.

Rick Hall, owner of Fame Studios was the producer on the album along with legendary Atlantic producer Tom Dowd who produced John Coltrane and the Allman Brothers. Speaking of the Allman Brothers, Duane Allman was the featured guitarist on the album, heard here not long before he formed the Allman Brothers. But in 1969, Duane Allman stood toe to toe with one of soul’s great voices and scorched some southern Earth. His performance on the album caught the ear of Eric Clapton who quickly hired Allman as second guitarist for Derek and the Dominos.

But “Hey Jude” is Pickett’s record and he lets it loose on every track with one of the great soul voices of the ‘60s.

Join Geoff Anderson on Tuesday, March 28 at 8:30 PM for Wilson Pickett’s “Hey Jude” on the Vinyl Vault on KUVO JAZZ.

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