Won't Sing It....Don't Even Ask.
Well, it makes you wonder.
Johnny Rawls DIDN'T write it (Mack Rice did).
Wilson Pickett is the performer who made it famous, and it was covered by such other greats as Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, Albert Collins, Rufus Thomas, Joe Cocker, and Delbert McClinton.
Even Hootie and the Blowfish put out a version.
So, why is this sticker on Johnny Rawls' guitar?.
Down in New Orleans, in the French Quarter, the famous Preservation Hall Jazz Band had a sign stating they would play requests for $5 each but " Saints" would cost $10. They could charge more because it was VERY popular and they knew they could get more for playing it!
When I asked, the Charleston Blues Bash founder and promoter Gary Erwin (aka Shrimp City Slim), said he just assumed the man didn't want to sing it.
And - during his excellent show at Cumberlands - he didn't.