‘You won’t abuse my song’: Steve Cropper on the Stax hit that caused a tussle between Wilson Pickett and Eddie Floyd

Talk about exciting. Wilson Pickett was known for his big voice, and his short fuse. In that way, his dustup with Stax legend Eddie Floyd over the future hit “634-5789″ shouldn’t have come as too much of a surprise. Only later, much later, did it become clear the two R&B legends were only kidding around.

Pickett was part of the Stax family in 1965, collaborating with both Floyd and/or Steve Cropper on a string of hits that included “In the Midnight Hour,” Pickett’s most famous song. He also had huge R&B hits with “Don’t Fight It,” “Ninety Nine and a Half (Won’t Do) — and “634-5789,” the only song credited to Cropper and Floyd alone.

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