Early in the Morning (Gap Band song)

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"Early in the Morning"
Single by The Gap Band
from the album Gap Band IV
B-side "I'm in Love"
Released April 1982
Recorded 1981–82
Genre Funk
Length 6:30
Label Total Experience
  • Lonnie Simmons
  • Rudy Taylor
The Gap Band singles chronology
"Yearning for Your Love"
"Early in the Morning"
"You Dropped a Bomb on Me"

"Early in the Morning" is a song originally performed by The Gap Band and written by member Charlie Wilson and producers Lonnie Simmons and Rudy Taylor. It was released as a single in 1982 and went on to become their biggest hit on the US Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 24, and also topped Billboard's R&B chart for three weeks.[1] The single also peaked at number 13 on the dance charts.[2]

The song became a hit again when Robert Palmer covered it in 1988. This version peaked at #19 on the Billboard Hot 100 and is to date the highest charting version of the song on that chart.

The song was used as the music for a film-making montage in Michel Gondry's 2008 film Be Kind Rewind.


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 223. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 107. 
Preceded by
"Let It Whip" by Dazz Band
"Let It Whip" by Dazz Band
Billboard's Hot Black Singles number one single (The Gap Band version)
June 26, 1982
July 10–17, 1982
Succeeded by
"Let It Whip" by Dazz Band
"And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" by Jennifer Holiday