Wilson Pickett's number 1 hit record

Wilson Pickett

In the Midnight Hour

Stax Records

Release Date: July 27th, 1965

Words by: Nick Bornholt
August 11th, 1965


The intensity of this song is something to behold: the charge of the rhythm track, the subtle taboo of the lyrics and the characteristic Southern smoothness of Wilson Pickett's voice combine perfectly in this number one R&B hit from 1965.

Written by Pickett and Stax Records house musician, Steve Cropper, in the now infamous Lorraine Motel in Memphis, the song solidified Pickett’s musical palmarés and shone a brighter light on the burgeoning cradle of Southern soul developing at Stax – the ugly kid brother of Motown.

A beast all its own, (think Otis Redding after a two day bender), this track is straight off the hotplate, smoother than velvet and well worth a spin. Enjoy.

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