EVERY BILLBOARD HOT 100 SINGLE 1970: #478: ” ENGINE NUMBER 9″- WILSON PICKETT

Every Billboard Hot 100 Single 1970: #478: “Engine Number 9”- Wilson Pickett. September 26, 1970.

  • Single: “Engine Number 9”- Wilson Pickett
  • Record Company- Atlantic
  • Genre: Soul
  • Written by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff
  • Time: 2:46
  • B-side:”International Playboy”
  • Album-Wilson Pickett in Philadelphia
  • Grade: B+
  • Peaked at #14 13 weeks in Billboard Hot 100.

Wilson Pickett had 38 Hot 100 singles with 16 making the Top 40 from 1963-73. In 1970 he had 4 reach the Hot 100 with 2 making the Top 40- this one being the biggest hit. Wilson Pickett was elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991.

3 responses to “EVERY BILLBOARD HOT 100 SINGLE 1970: #478: ” ENGINE NUMBER 9″- WILSON PICKETT

  1. don’t know this song, but Wilson’s pretty fine. Curiously, a local columnist in the city magazine here wrote about him this month.. an aging white lawyer, he wrote about going to college here in the 60s, he stopped in a bar outside of the city, found it was a very ‘black’ bar, which was a bit intimidating back then in Texas. He was treated fine by the bartender though, and that guy suggested he come back on the weekend because they had live music. He did, they had a decent RB band and he shot the breeze with the same bartender. After the show, he asked him ‘you wanna meet wilson Pickett?” Of course, he said ‘yes’, and lo and behold, there was Wilson with a number of women at a table! They met, Wilson was “indifferent” until he asked ‘what’s my number?’ He answered ‘634-5789′ “one of his latest songs.” Pickett grinned, and actually came over to the writers’ apartment and played songs and drank with him all night! Cool story, and I guess he published it because of the relevance to all the news stories about race this year.

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