500 Greatest Songs of All Time
Wilson Pickett, 'Mustang Sally'
Writer: Sir Mack Rice
Producer: Jerry Wexler
Released: Nov. '66, Atlantic
9 weeks; No. 23
"Mustang Sally" nearly ended up on the studio floor — literally. After Pickett finished his final take at Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, the tape flew off the reel and broke into pieces. But engineer Tom Dowd calmly cleared the room and told everyone to come back in half an hour. Dowd pieced the tape back together, saving one of the funkiest soul anthems of the Sixties.
Appears on: The Very Best of Wilson Pickett (Rhino)