Hey Jude is the ninth studio album by soul singer Wilson Pickett, recorded at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama and released in 1969. The title track, a cover of The Beatles song of the same name, was a success, peaking at #13 on the Billboard R&B singles chart and #23 on the top 200. Also released as a single was a cover of Steppenwolf's "Born to Be Wild", which was less successful.
The album is particularly noteworthy for the early appearance of guitarist Duane Allman, later founder of The Allman Brothers Band, who made some of his first recordings as a sideman on the album. His guitar work on the title track is credited as what first drew Eric Clapton to him, who two years later invited Allman to join him as part of Derek and the Dominos. Allman's performance on the album also compelled Atlantic Records executive Jerry Wexler to buy out his recording contract and use him in further Atlantic recording sessions, beginning his prolific career as a session musician. Pickett is also backed by members of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section on the album. Rhythm Section member Jimmy Johnson later credited Allman's performance on this album as the beginning of Southern Rock.
- "Save Me" (George Jackson) 2:37
- "Hey Jude" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) 4:07
- "Back in Your Arms" (Larry Chambers, Jackson, Melvin Leakes, Raymond Moore) 2:57
- "Toe Hold" (Isaac Hayes, David Porter) 2:50
- "Night Owl" (Don Covay) 2:22
- "My Own Style of Loving" (Jackson, Leakes, Moore) 2:44
- "A Man and a Half" (Chambers, Jackson, Leakes, Moore) 2:52
- "Sit Down and Talk This Over" (Wilson Pickett, Bobby Womack) 2:21
- "Search Your Heart" (Jackson, Moore) 2:46
- "Born to Be Wild" (Mars Bonfire) 2:46
- "People Make the World" (Womack) 2:46
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- ^ Randy Poe (1 August 2008). Skydog: The Duane Allman Story. Backbeat Books. pp. 78ff. ISBN 978-1-61713-487-6.
- ^ R. Gary Patterson (16 June 2008). Take a Walk on the Dark Side: Rock and Roll Myths, Legends, and Curses. Simon and Schuster. p. 42. ISBN 978-1-4391-0364-7.
- ^ Mike Vinson, "How The Beatles helped create Southern Rock", Murfreesboro Post, June 26, 2011.
- ^ Michael Hamad, "Documentary At Real Art Ways Explains How Muscle Shoals Gave Birth To Southern Soul", Hartford Courant, December 1, 2013.
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