Thursday, June 14, 2012

Land of a Thousand Dances by Wilson Pickett

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Chris Kenner, a New Orleans R&B singer, wrote and performed 'Land of a Thousand Dances' in 1962, but two other artists gained greater fame with this song. Cannibal & The Headhunters, an act from Los Angeles, covered the song in 1965 and it went to #30 on the charts. However, it was Wilson Pickett who had the biggest hit with 'Land of a Thousand Dances' when it went to #6 on the charts in 1966. Of the three, Pickett has the best version due to the rawness and soulful style he brings to the song.

My parents are big fans of 'The Wicked' Pickett, and growing up songs like 'Land of a Thousand Dances', 'In The Midnight Hour' and 'Mustang Sally' were on heavy rotation. There is no reason for not liking soul music, and if you do, then you can get out of my rock room. Just hit play below and do the watusi.  

1 comment:

  1. Another mention of music you grew up with and we hope great memories go with it. Notice the Stax label... As they would say on American Bandstand "It has a good beat and you can dance to it"