Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Sister Pays Tribute to Her Late Brother, Wilson Pickett with Memoir

header1 (1)*Atlanta – “Do the Watusi like my little Lucy,” sang legendary soul singer Wilson Pickett about his little sister he called “Lucy Coot.”

January 19, 2015 marked nine years since Wilson’s death. Lucy Coot, aka Louella Pickett-New, honors her brother today in her new memoir “Don’t Let The Green Grass Fool You.”

“The death of my brother was one of the most profound experiences of loss in my life,” Pickett-New said.

Wilson reached his dream of being a star with classic hits like “Mustang Sally,” “Land of 1,000 Dances” and “In The Midnight Hour.” Known for his energy and passion as a musician, unbeknown to the public, his road to stardom was not always smooth sailing. And even after his established fame, Wilson faced career-destroying hardships.

In Pickett-New’s memoir, she shares her many memories of her brother, including their childhood, living with Wilson in New York City at the peak of his fame, and the many events that made Wilson a beloved brother.

Merging her own memories with those of her siblings and others close to Wilson, Pickett-New paints a portrait of the complex and wounded man behind the powerfully expressive voice.

“A flawed yet brilliant soul, he inspired many fans, fellow musicians and the world.” Pickett-New said.

For more information, visit

“Don’t Let The Green Grass Fool You: A Siblings Memoir of Legendary Singer Wilson Pickett”

By Louella Pickett-New

ISBN: 9781499052855

Available in softcover, hardcover, e-book

Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Xlibris

About the author
Louella Pickett-New is married to Emmett New with two adult children and resides in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Following in her brother’s footsteps, she sings in her church’s choir and volunteers as the church comptroller. In her spare time, she enjoys baking her grandmother’s famous peach cobbler.

Wilson Pickett performs his classic hits “In the Midnight Hour” and “Mustang Sally”:




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