After a year of being signed to Atlantic Records, Wilson Pickett had yet to have a hit. The singer's manager called Atlantic's A&R head Jerry Wexler to see what could be done to change the situation. Wexler decided to team the singer with Jim Stewart of Stax Records. Atlantic was having hits with Stax artist Otis Redding. Arriving in Memphis, Stewart and Wexler went off to get something to eat while guitarist Steve Cropper and Pickett began writing songs together. In a couple of hours, they had written two songs, "In the Midnight Hour" and "Don't Fight It." The next day, May 12,1965, the songs were recorded with members of Booker T. & the MG's, which include Cropper, bassist Donald "Duck" Dunn, drummer Al Jackson Jr., pianist Joe Hall, and horn players Wayne Jackson, Andrew Love, Floyd Newman, and Charles Axton. "In the Midnight Hour" went to number one R&B and number 21 pop in the summer of 1965. The In the Midnight Hour LP made it to number six R&B, number 107 pop and included "Don't Fight It" and his remake of the Falcons' "I Found a Love."