Last Night (Mar-Keys composition)
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|Single by The Mar-Keys|
|from the album Last Night!|
|Genre||R&B, instrumental rock|
"Last Night" is an instrumental recorded by The Mar-Keys. Released in 1961, it charted #3 Pop and #2 R&B in the United States. It also appeared on Last Night!, the first LP released by the Stax label.
Written by Charles Axton, Floyd Newman, Gilbert C. Caple, Jerry Lee Smith, and Chips Moman. The tune was covered by Georgie Fame on his 1966 Sweet Things album. It was also covered by the jazz ensemble The Bum Notes for the closing credits of BBC sitcom Bottom in the early 1990s, and was used as the backing music to "Viaduct", a game played on the Chris Moyles radio show.
The song is in a 12 bar blues form, with brief stops, where one of the Markeys intones "Last Night" before the Saxophone solo, which is followed by the same Markeys intoning "Oh!!!!!! Yeah!!!" before the last three Choruses, including the pauses, before the song's fade.
According to Steve Cropper, in an interview with Paul Nassari of the Sunday Mail newspaper (Adelaide, Australia), "Jerry Lee ‘Smoochy’ Smith came up with the piano riff that was played on organ. Since [producer Chips] Moman didn’t want a guitar on it for whatever reason, I wound up playing the hold-down on the organ on the root note. "It hurts me in the Mar-Keys history when people say I wasn’t in the Mar-Keys because there’s no guitar on Last Night but I have to differ with them."
Usage in films, radio and television programs
During the 1960s, "Last Night" became the title tune for the French radio show "Salut les Copains" on Europe 1.
The music was also used in the legal comedy-drama Ally McBeal (1999, episode "Sideshow", second season).
Laurel Aitken & The Soulmen released a 45 single version in 1966.
Ace Cannon opened his 1967 album Memphis Golden Hits with his version.
- Galloway, A. Scott (1994). Rock Instrumental Classics Volume 4: Soul (p. 14) [CD booklet]. Los Angeles: Rhino Records.