In the Midnight Hour

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"In the Midnight Hour"
Single by Wilson Pickett
from the album In the Midnight Hour
Released 1965 (1965)
Genre Soul
Label Atlantic
Writer(s)

"In the Midnight Hour" is a song originally performed by Wilson Pickett in 1965 and released on the 1965 album of the same name, also appearing on the 1966 album The Exciting Wilson Pickett. It was composed by Pickett and Steve Cropper at the historic Lorraine Motel in Memphis where Martin Luther King, Jr. would later be murdered in April 1968. Pickett's first hit on Atlantic Records,[1] it reached #1 on the R&B charts and peaked at #21 on the pop charts.[2]

The song has become a 1960s soul standard, and placed at #134 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All-Time, Wilson Pickett's first of two entries on the list (the other being "Mustang Sally" at #434). It is also one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll, Pickett's only such entry. The song is currently ranked as the 106th greatest song of all time, as well as the ninth best song of 1965, by Acclaimed Music.[3]


References[edit]

  1. ^ Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 51 - The Soul Reformation: Phase three, soul music at the summit. [Part 7] : UNT Digital Library" (audio). Pop Chronicles. Digital.library.unt.edu. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 461. 
  3. ^ "Acclaimed Music Top 3000 songs". 27 May 2009. 


Preceded by
"I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)" by The Four Tops
Billboard Hot Rhythm & Blues Singles number-one single
(by Wilson Pickett)

August 7, 1965
Succeeded by
"Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" Part 1 by James Brown