Twistin' the Night Away

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"Twistin' the Night Away"
Single by Sam Cooke
from the album Twistin' the Night Away
ReleasedJanuary 9, 1962
RecordedDecember 18, 1961 at RCA Hollywood
GenreRhythm and blues
LabelRCA Victor 0566 (USA)
Songwriter(s)Sam Cooke
Producer(s)Hugo & Luigi, Engineer: Al Schmitt
Sam Cooke singles chronology
"Feel It"
"Twistin' the Night Away"
"Chain Gang" b/w "Cupid"

"Twistin' the Night Away" is a song written and recorded by Sam Cooke. It was released as a single in 1962 and became very popular, charting in the top ten of both the Billboard Hot 100 (#9) and Billboard's R&B chart (#1).[1] "Twistin' the Night Away" was successful overseas as well, peaking at #6 on the UK Singles Chart.

The song was recorded with The Wrecking Crew as session musicians, including Rene Hall as band leader, Red Callender on bass, Earl Palmer on drums, Tommy Tedesco and Clifton White on guitars, Ed Beal on piano, John Kelson, John Ewing and Jewell Grant on saxophone and Stuart Williamson on trumpet.[2]


Rod Stewart remake[edit]

"Twistin' the Night Away"
Single by Rod Stewart
from the album Never a Dull Moment
B-side"True Blue" / "Lady Day"
ReleasedAugust 1973
July 1987 (re-recorded version)
1987 (re-recorded version)
GenreRock and roll
Length3:13 (album version) 4:10 (1987 re-recording)
Songwriter(s)Sam Cooke
Rod Stewart singles chronology
"Twistin' the Night Away"
"Oh! No Not My Baby"

In 1973, Rod Stewart released his version as the third single from Never a Dull Moment, his fourth album. This version achieved marginal success, peaking at #59 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 1987, he re-recorded the song for the soundtrack to the film Innerspace. When released as a single in the summer of 1987, this version hit #80 on the Hot 100.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Twistin' The Night Away" - 3:15
  2. "True Blue" - 3:29

1987 Re-recorded version (from the film, Innerspace)[edit]

  1. "Twistin' The Night Away" — Rod Stewart (4:10)
  2. "Let's Get Small" — Jerry Goldsmith (5:57)


Original release
Chart (1973) Peak
Canadian Singles Chart[3] 76
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 59
US Cash Box Top 100 [5] 35
Chart (1987) Peak
Canadian Singles Chart[6] 54
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 80

Divine remake[edit]

"Twistin' The Night Away"
Single by Divine
B-side"A Divine Good Time"
FormatCD single, Maxi single
GenreHi-NRG, house
LabelProto Records
Songwriter(s)Sam Cooke
Divine singles chronology
"Walk Like A Man"
"Twistin' The Night Away"
"Hard Magic"

Divine recorded "Twistin' The Night Away" and released it as the second single from his album Maid in England in 1985.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Twistin' The Night Away (Dance Version)" — 6:53
  2. "Twistin' The Night Away (Instrumental)" — 6:10
  3. "A Divine Good Time" — 3:52


Chart (1985) Peak
UK Singles Chart[7] 47

Elsewhere in popular culture[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 135.
  2. ^ "Image of recording contract" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-09-26.
  3. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2014-06-28.
  4. ^ a b Rod Stewart - Billboard Singles Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-06-15.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-12-22. Retrieved 2015-12-15. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Archived from the original on 2013-12-14. Retrieved 2014-06-28. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  7. ^ "Divine". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2010-06-14.
  8. ^ Video on YouTube

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