In the Midnight Hour by Wilson Pickett

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In the Midnight Hour by Wilson Pickett

In the Midnight Hour by Wilson Pickett

Soul Music

The song was written in 1965 by Wilson Pickett and guitarist, songwriter, producer Steve Cropper (from the Mar-Keys, Booker T. & The MG’s). Evidently, they wrote the song together at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, which was where Martin Luther King, Jr., was killed a few years later in 1968. The single, backed with “I’m Not Tired,” went to #1 on the R&B Chart and #21 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 1965. Pickett also had the song on his 1965 album titled In the Midnight Hour and his 1966 album The Exciting Wilson Pickett. Rolling Stone magazine has “In the Midnight Hour” on its list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.” The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has it on its list of “500 Songs that shaped Rock and Roll.” Picket re-recorded the song for his 1987 album American Soul Man. There have been numerous covers, including versions by The Mirettes, Cross Country, Samantha Sang, Razzy Bailey, James Taylor, Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, Tina Turner, Mary Wells, and many more.

Wilson Picket aka The “Wicked Pickett,” was born in Prattville, Alabama, and was a pioneer in the development of soul music. He had many hits. Among them were “Land of 1,000 Dances,” “Mustang Sally,” “Funky Broadway,” and “634-5789 (Soulsville, U.S.A.).” He died of a heart attack in 2006.

Here are the lyrics to “In the Midnight Hour” by Wilson Pickett:

“I’m gonna wait ’til the midnight hour
That’s when my love comes tumbling down
I’m gonna wait ’til the midnight hour
When there’s no one else around

I’m gonna take you girl and hold you
And do all the things I told you in the midnight hour
Yes I am, oh yes I am
One more thing I just wanna say right here

I’m gonna wait till the stars come out
And see them twinkle in your eyes
I’m gonna wait ’till the midnight hour
That’s when my love begins to shine

You’re the only girl I know
That can really love me so in the midnight hour
Oh yeah, in the midnight hour
Yeah, all right, play it for me one time now

I’m gonna wait ’til the midnight hour
That’s when my love comes tumbling down
I’m gonna wait, wait ’til the midnight hour
That’s when my love begins to shine, just, you and I
Oh baby just you and I
Nobody around baby, just, you and I, alright
You know what, I’m gonna hold you in my arms
Just, you and I, oh yeah in the midnight hour
Oh baby in the midnight hour”

For other songs by Wilson Pickett: “Funky Broadway” and “Mustang Sally.”

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