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In The Midnight Hour
Steve Cropper / Wilson Pickett

In The Midnight Hour was first performed by the Grateful Dead in 1966. It was performed a few times most years through to 1971. The song returned to the repertoire in 1982 and was performed, very infrequently, through to 1994. In total the Grateful Dead performed the song about 40 times. It was also performed by Furthur, the Dead, the Other Ones, 7 Walkers, Phil Lesh & Friends, Ratdog and the Rhythm Devils.

The original recording of In The Midnight Hour was made at Stax Records on May 12, 1965. Accounts of the session indicate that it was mainly composed in the studio during recordings. Peter Guralnick describes the events in Sweet Soul Music.

As usual nothing was fully prepared when Pickett arrived. Steve Cropper, who by now exercised de facto control in the studio, had been listening to the few Pickett records he's been able to get hold of, which included an appearance on Atlantic's live recorded Saturday Night At The Uptown album. On one of the songs, I'm Gonna Cry, Pickett kept making reference to "late in the midnight hour" at the fade. "I thought that would be a heckuvan idea for a tune," Cropper told Rolling Stone editor Jan Wenner in 1968, "and when he came in I presented it to him, and he said 'That's a good idea, I've got this little rhythm thing I've been working on for a good while.' It was really nothing to it, it was just a couple of changes and we just started working with this."
An answer record You Can't Love Me (In The Midnight Hour) was recorded by Ann Mason in 1965


Wilson Pickett

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no info Our Generation, Various Artists, 1988
no info Rock Party, Various Artists, 1990
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no info Rhythm & Blues: 1965, Various Artists, 1991
info A Man And A Half: The Best Of Wilson Pickett, Wilson Pickett, 1992
no info Spirit of the 60's: 1965: Still Swinging, Various Artists, 1992
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Other recordings

no info EP (In The Midnight Hour / Mr Pitiful / Satisfaction / Who Can I Turn To), Chris Farlowe, 1965
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no info And I Know You Wanna Dance, Johnny Rivers, 1966
no info Look Out For The Cheater, Bob Kuban & The In-Men, 1966
no info Soul And Inspiration, Righteous Brothers, 1966
no info Wildest Organ In Town!, Billy Preston, 1966
no info I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry, B.J. Thomas, 1966
no info Single (In The Midnight Hour You Can't Love Me (In The Midnight Hour)), Little Mack and The Boss Sounds, 1966
no info Single (You're Gonna Cry / In The Midnight Hour), The Berkeley Five, 1966
no info Single (Advice / In The Midnight Hour), Billy Preston, 1966
no info Single ("In The Midnight Hour / Now Is The Time), Ray Brown & The Whispers, 1966
no info Single (Midnight Hour / Stick In My Corner Baby), The Pigeons, 1966
no info And Now, Booker T and The Mgs, Booker T and The MGs, 1967
info No Way Out, Chocolate Watch Band, 1967
info Travelin' Men, The Astronauts, 1967
info Turn on Your Love Light, Bill Black's Combo, 1967
info All Hits!, Mitch Ryder, 1967
no info Memphis Golden Hits, Ace Cannon, 1967
no info The Time Has Come, The Chambers Brothers, 1967
no info Sharpest Sax, Mike Sharpe, 1967
no info Ding Dong the Witch Is Dead, Fifth Estate, 1967
no info Calm Before..., The Rising Storm, 1967
no info Bugalu Party, The Lively Ones, 1967
no info Single (In The Midnight Hour / It's Not Easy), The Swamp Rats, 1967
no info Single (In The Midnight Hour Greyhound Blues), Benny Gordon and The Soul Brothers, 1967
no info Single (In The Midnight Hour / Nothing You Do), The In Crowd, 1967
no info Single (It Ain't No Big Thing In The Midnight Hour), The Electrons, 1967
info WCFL: 21 Hit Icebreakers, Various Artists (Michael & The Messengers), 1967
no info Single (To Love Somebody / In The Midnight Hour), The Mirettes, 1968
info Manufacturers of Soul, Jackie Wilson and Count Basie, 1968
no info In the Midnight Hour, Mirettes, 1968
no info Rocky Roberts and the Airdales, Rocky Roberts and the Airdales, 1968
no info Tighten' Up, Archie Bell and The Drells, 1968
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no info Plays Great Memphis Hits, King Curtis, 1969
no info Rhythm and Brass, Young Brass, 1969
no info Them, Them, 1969
no info Soul Bag, Mongo Santamarķa, 1969
no info The Soul Of, Paul Mauriat, 1969
no info Plays, Charles Coleman, 1969
no info With a Little Help from My Friends, Steve Cropper, 1970
no info Greatest Hits, The Chambers Brothers, 1971
no info Single (In The Midnight Hour / Broken Eggs), Skin Alley, 1972
no info Single (In The Midnight Hour / A Smile Song), Cross Country, 1973
no info Cross Country, Cross Country, 1973
no info Single (In The Midnight Hour / Funky Lady), Chopyn, 1975
no info This Is The Modern World, The Jam, 1977
no info Goodbye King Of Rock & Roll (A Tribute To Elvis), Everette Leon, 1977
no info Jeff Kutash & the Dancin' Machine, Jeff Kutash & the Dancin' Machine, 1979
no info From Dance to Love, Samantha Sang, 1979
no info Single (Keep On Running / In The Midnight Hour), Casino, 1979
no info Single (Put Me In The Picture / In The Midnight Hour), The Merton Parkers, 1980
no info Single (In The Midnight Hour / Berta), The Pharoahs, 1980
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no info Plain from the Heart, Delbert McClinton, 1981
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no info Atlantic Years: 1973-1980, Roxy Music, 1983
info The Sound Of The Sixties, Various Artists (Ingoes), 1983
no info Midnight Hour, Razzy Bailey, 1984
no info Six Silver Strings, B B King, 1985
no info Single (In The Midnight Hour / Heed My Warning), B.B. King, 1985
no info Into The Night Soundtrack, Various Artists (B. B. King), 1985
no info Street Life: 20 Greatest Hits, Bryan Ferry/Roxy Music, 1986
no info Tina Live in Europe, Tina Turner, 1988
no info Soul Shots, Volume 8: Sweet Soul Sisters, Various Artists (The Mirettes), 1988
no info Single (In The Midnight Hour / Yamomi), Maloko, 1989
info More Songs from the Big Chill Soundtrack, Various Artists (The Rascals), 1990?
no info The Commitments Soundtrack, The Commitments, 1991
no info Scene 20: 20th Anniversary Concert, Seldom Scene, 1991
no info Razzy Unwrapped, Razzy Bailey, 1991
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no info Calm Before.../Alive Again at Andover, The Rising Storm, 1992
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no info Good Lovin' & Other Hits, The Rascals, 1997
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no info Walking the Dog in the Midnight Hour, The Speckulations, 1997
no info Down The Line / Travelin' Men, The Astronauts, 1997
no info This Is Soul: Romantic Soul, Various Artists (Martha Reeves), 1997
no info Great R&B Female Groups: The Hits of the 60's, Various Artists (Mirettes), 1997
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no info Crazy Cajun Recordings: Earliest Hits & Great Covers, B.J. Thomas, 1999
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no info Sweetest Feelin': The Very Best of, Jackie Wilson, 1999
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no info Anthology, Razzy Bailey, 1999
no info Reggae Jamaica Stylee, Vol. 1, Various Artists (John Holt), 1999
no info Where It's At: Soul in the Midnight Hour, Various Artists (Little Mack and The Boss Sounds), 1999
info Hey! Look What I've Found, Vol. 11, Various Artists (The Mirettes), 199?
info '66 And All Those Hits, Various Artists (Ray Brown & The Whispers), 19??
info Out of Time: The Immediate Anthology, Chris Farlowe, 2000
no info Classic: The Universal Masters Collection, B.B. King, 2000
no info This Is the Modern World/All Mod Cons, The Jam, 2000
no info Greatest Hits, Chris Farlowe, 2000
no info Reggae Explosion, Various Artists (John Holt), 2000
no info Cover Me, Various Artists (The Commitments), 2000
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no info All I Really Need: The Complete Atlantic Recordings, 1965-1971, The Rascals, 2001
no info Crystal Days: 1979-1999, Echo & the Bunnymen, 2001
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no info The Complete Collection, The Astronauts, 2001
no info Looking Back, John Holt, 2001
no info The Legends Collection, John Holt, 2001
no info Beat Club: The Best Of 66 (DVD), Various Artists (The Boots), 2001
info The Best Of Beat Club 65 to 73 (DVD), Various Artists (The Boots), 2001
no info Jackie Wilson + Count Basie, Jackie Wilson and Count Basie, 2002
no info Do You Love Me?, John Holt, 2002
no info Hits, Chris Farlowe, 2002
no info Sings Handbags and Gladrags and Other Great Hits of the 60s, Chris Farlowe, 2002
no info Chris Farlowe Vs. Long John Baldry: Greatest Hits, Chris Farlowe/Long John Baldry, 2002
no info Laying in the Cut, Jackie Ivory, 2003
no info Universal Masters Collection, The Righteous Brothers, 2003
no info Forgotten Lovers, Gary Wilson, 2003
no info 1966: The Soundtrack, Various Artists (Chris Farlowe), 2003
no info The Wildest Organ in Town!/Club Meeting, Billy Preston, 2004
no info Handbags and Gladrags: The Immediate Collection, Chris Farlowe, 2004
no info Tighten Up/I Can't Stop Dancing, Archie Bell, 2004
no info Dance the Cool Jerk/We Got a Thing That's in the Groove, The Capitols, 2004
no info The Best of, The Commitments, 2004
no info The Essential Collection, B.B. King, 2004
no info Night of Blistering Blues, B.B. King & Friends, 2005
info Melts in Your Brain Not on Your Wrist, The Chocolate Watch Band, 2005
no info And I Know You Wanna Dance/Whisky a Go-Go Revisited, Johnny Rivers, 2005
no info His Story, John Holt, 2005
no info The !!!! Beat: Legendary R&B and Soul Shows from 1966, Vol. 3, Various Artists (The Mighty Hannibal), 2005
no info Highway Rock, Various Artists (The Commitments), 2005
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info Into the Twangy-First Century / Row vs. Wade, Run C&W, 2006
no info Everything Under the Sun, The Walker Brothers, 2006
no info Ride on Baby: The Best of, Chris Farlowe, 2006
no info Foot Stompin' Soul: The Best of Geno, 1966-1972, Geno Washington, 2006
no info The Colour Collection, B.B. King, 2006
no info Bad Words and Evil People: The Transatlantic Anthology 1972-73, Skin Alley, 2006
no info Cool Jerk, The Capitols, 2006
no info R&B Soul, Martha Reeves, 2006
no info 50 of the Very Best of Reggae, Various Artists (John Holt), 2006
no info The Platinum Collection, King Curtis, 2007
no info Memphis Album, Guy Sebastian, 2007
no info Closer To The Sun/Memphis Album, Guy Sebastian, 2007
no info The Colour Collection, The Righteous Brothers, 2007
no info Reggae Classics, Various Artists (John Holt), 2007
no info Soul, Seal, 2008
info 14 Things to Think About, Chris Farlowe, 2008 (CD bonus track)
no info Rock 'N' Roll Legends, The Righteous Brothers, 2008
no info Stax 50th Collection, Various Artists (Steve Cropper), 2008
no info Other Covers, James Taylor, 2009
no info The Guest List, Martin Belmont, 2009
no info I Can't Stand the Rain Single, Seal, 2009
no info Classic, The Righteous Brothers, 2009
no info Souvenirs, B.J. Thomas, 2009
no info You Heard Them Here First: Rock's Icons Before They Were Famous, Various Artists (The Pigeons), 2009
no info The Mojo Albums, Plus, Billy Lee Riley, 2010
info Live at The Fillmore Auditorium 10/15/66: Late Shows: Signe's Farewell, Jefferson Airplane, 2010
no info By Request, Paulo Gonzo, 2010
no info Before We Were Blossom Toes, The Ingoes, 2010
no info Hoss Allen's 1966 Rhythm and Blues Review: The !!!! Beat, Various Artists (The Mighty Hannibal), 2010
no info Feelin' Groovy: 60 Swinging 60s Singles, Various Artists (Ray Brown & The Whispers), 2010
no info The Essential, Roxy Music, 2011
no info Siren/Manifesto/Flesh and Blood/Avalon, Roxy Music, 2011
no info The Best of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum: Live, Various Artists (Bruce Springsteen), 2011

 
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