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Wilson Pickett recorded at Stax studio

NEW YORK (AP) - A heart attack has claimed the life of soul music pioneer Wilson Pickett.

The 64-year-old Pickett died yesterday at a hospital in Reston, Virginia.

In 1965, Pickett linked with legendary soul producer Jerry Wexler at the equally legendary soul label Stax Records in Memphis, and recorded one of his greatest hits, "In the Midnight Hour," for Atlantic Records.

The next year produced another smash hit -- "Mustang Sally." Pickett was defined by his raspy voice and passionate delivery, but the Alabama-born singer got his start performing gospel music in church.

Fellow artist Aretha Franklin released a statement saying Pickett was one of the greatest soul singers of all time and said she's thankful she had the chance to talk with him recently.

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