Wilson Pickett was born in Pratville, Alabama, 75 years ago today. A major figure in the development of American soul music in the 50s and 60s, Pickett carved out his sound by blending unique combinations of southern R&B, rock and roll, and gospel. He began recording in the mid-to-late-60s and was heavily praised within the walls of Stax, Fame, and Atlantic Record Studios for recording over 50 songs to cross top charts in the U.S. His live performances were legendarily full of passion and energy, catering to the lifestyles of the young and the free.Also known as “Wicked” Pickett, the R&B singer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 for his undeniable impact on songwriting and recording. Mostly known for popularizing hits like “Land of 1,000 Dances,” “Mustang Sally,” and “Funky Broadway,” Pickett truly made a name for himself with a song he co-wrote with Steve Cropper, “In The Midnight Hour.”In celebration of his life, let’s watch some of the best versions of “In The Midnight Hour”:Wilson PickettThe Grateful DeadB.B. King & Stevie Ray VaughanJefferson AirplanePhil Lesh & Friends ft. John Kadlecik, Jackie Greene, Marco Benevento, Joe Russo, Bill EvansAnother great live version by Wilson PickettHappy Birthday and Rest In Peace, Wilson Pickett.
North Norfolk District Council yesterday presented the latest video demonstrating the work undertaken under the ‘Bacton to Walcott Coastal Management Sandcaping Scheme’.The beaches in front of Bacton Gas Terminal and the villages of Bacton and Walcott have been transformed over the last month as a result of the Sandscaping scheme.The project was executed by Van Oord and Royal Haskoning DHV, working as part of Team Van Oord.During the works, approximately 1.8 million cubic meters of sand was dredged and placed onto the Bacton to Walcott beaches.According to the council, the UK’s first ever sandscaping coastal flood scheme costed around £19 million.