Where did Wilson Pickett (2/12/10) get that clenched, piercing, back-of-the-throat scream?
The Five Blind Boys of Mississippi (featuring Archie Brownlee)
“Never Turn Back” (1948)
“Will Jesus Be Waiting?” (1952)
“Save A Seat For Me” (c. 1956)
“Leaning On The Everlasting Arms” (c. 1959)
‘Archie started that scream you hear all the soul singers do,’ the great Ira Tucker of the Dixie Hummingbirds observed. ‘Now plenty of us used to scream, but Archie really brought it out.’—Arthur Kempton, Boogaloo: The Quintessence of American Popular Music (2005)
After he left gospel, Sam Cooke once told a friend that he would always tear up when he would listen to Brownlee: ‘He’s the only one who could do that—to move me like that.’—Robert Darden, People Get Ready! A New History of Black Gospel Music (2004)