The Midnight Oil

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The Midnight Oil
Barbara Mandrell-The Midnight Oil.jpg
Studio album by
ProducerBilly Sherrill
Barbara Mandrell chronology
A Perfect Match
The Midnight Oil
This Time I Almost Made It

The Midnight Oil is the third studio album released by American country singer Barbara Mandrell, released in 1973.

Mandrell had not released a solo studio album since 1971. It was her most successful album while under her Columbia label. This album brought Mandrell into riskier territory, especially with the title track, "The Midnight Oil" which discussed how a woman was cheating on her husband because when she comes home she still had the midnight oil all over her. The album spawned five Top 40 Country hits, "Tonight My Baby's Coming Home" (#10), "Show Me" (#11), "Holdin' On (To the Love I Got)" (#27), "Give a Little, Take a Little" (#24), and the title track (#7). This album brought Mandrell's first pair of solo Top 10 hits on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. The album consisted of 11 tracks, some of which were cover versions, including Tanya Tucker's "Jamestown Ferry", Martha Carson's "Satisfied" and the George Jones and Tammy Wynette hit, "We're Gonna Hold On". The album peaked at #8 on the Top Country Albums chart in 1974.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Midnight Oil" – (Joseph Allen)
  2. "Give a Little, Take a Little" – (Michael Kossler, Steve Pippin)
  3. "Jamestown Ferry" – (Bobby Borchers, Mack Vickery)
  4. "Show Me" – (Joe Tex)
  5. "In the Name of Love" – (Earl Montgomery, Carmol Taylor)
  6. "Tonight My Baby's Coming Home" – (Billy Sherrill, Glenn Sutton)
  7. "Ain't It Good" – (Freddy Weller)
  8. "Satisfied" – (Martha Carson)
  9. "Holdin' On (To the Love I Got)" – (Chip Taylor, Norris Wilson, Tammy Wynette)
  10. "Smile, Somebody Loves You" – (Tony Austin)
  11. "We're Gonna Hold On" – (George Jones, Earl Montgomery)


AlbumBillboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1974 Top Country Albums #8

SinglesBillboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1971 "Tonight My Baby's Coming Home" Hot Country Singles & Tracks #10
1972 "Show Me" Hot Country Singles & Tracks #11
1972 "Holdin' On (To the Love I Got)" Hot Country Singles & Tracks #27
1973 "Give a Little, Take a Little" Hot Country Singles & Tracks #24
1973 "The Midnight Oil" Hot Country Singles & Tracks #7