Wilson Pickett

In the Midnight Hour

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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."

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
In the Midnight Hour 1965 Atlantic / Collectables / Rhino 2:32
The Exciting Wilson Pickett 1966 Collectables 2:36
The Best of Wilson Pickett [Atlantic] 1967 Rhino / Atlantic 2:30
Max Weinberg Presents: Let There Be Drums, Vol. 2 - The 60's 196?
Various Artists
Rhino 2:34
No Image 1973
Various Artists
Rhino
No Image 1973
Various Artists
Warner Bros.
Wilson Pickett's Greatest Hits [1985] 1985 Rhino / Atlantic 2:30
American Soul Man 1987 7:56
Classic Rock: 1965 1987
Various Artists
2:28
Baby Boomer Classics: Dance Sixties 1988
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 2:28
Atlantic Soul Classics [1985] 1990
Various Artists
Warner Music / Rhino 2:32
Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974 [Box] 1991
Various Artists
Atlantic 2:26
Rhythm & Blues: 1965 1991
Various Artists
Time / Life Music
The Commitments (Original Artists Recordings of Featured Music) 1991
Various Artists
Atco 2:35
A Man and a Half: The Best of Wilson Pickett 1992 Rhino / Atlantic 8:08
The Very Best of Wilson Pickett [Rhino] 1993 Rhino 2:35
No Image 1993 Atlantic
Soul Hits, Vol. 1 [Rhino] 1993
Various Artists
Rhino 2:35
Soul Emotion [Alex] 1994
Various Artists
2:26
Best Sixties Album in the World Ever 1995
Various Artists
2:33
'60s Rock Classics, Vol. 2 1995
Various Artists
Rhino
Only Rock 'N Roll 1965-1969: 20 Pop Hits 1996
Various Artists
Rhino / Essex 2:29
My Fellow Americans 1996
Original Soundtrack
TVT / Tvt Soundtrax 2:32
'60s Rock Hits [Rhino] 1997
Various Artists
Rhino Flashback 2:35
'60s Rock: The Beat Goes On 1997
Various Artists
Rhino 2:35
In the Midnight Hour & Other Hits [RHFL] 1997 Flashback Records / Rhino Flashback 2:36
Kings & Queens of Soul 1997
Various Artists
Rhino Flashback 2:36
Try a Little Tenderness: '60s Soul 1997
Various Artists
Rhino Flashback 2:32
25 Years of R&B: 1965 1997
Various Artists
Flashback Records 2:35
Rhythm Revue 1997 TVT 2:34
Classic 60s Soul, Vol. 1 1997
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 2:28
Whole Lotta Rock: 1964-1965 1997
Various Artists
BCI-Eclipse Distribution / Eclipse Music Group 2:25
Rock 'N Roll Relix: 1960-1969 1997
Various Artists
Eclipse Music Group 2:28
25 Years of R&B 1998
Various Artists
Rhino Flashback 2:35
Ultimate 60's Soul Sensations 1998
Various Artists
Rhino
Atlantic Records 50 Years: The Gold Anniversary 1998
Various Artists
Atlantic 2:38
Frat Rock! 3 Pac 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 0:00
Heart Beats [3 Pack] 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 0:00
Oldies Radio: K-Earth 101FM Greatest Hits 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 2:35
Where It's At: Soul in the Midnight Hour 1999
Various Artists
Kent 2:38
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Image Entertainment
Millennium Soul Party 2000
Various Artists
Rhino 2:33
New Millennium Party 2000
Various Artists
Rhino 2:33
Back to Black: 1900-1999 2001
Various Artists
Universal International 2:30
The Classic Rhythm & Blues Collection, Vol. 5: The Sixties 2001
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:32
Soul Spectacular! The Greatest Soul Hits of All Time 2002
Various Artists
Rhino 2:35
Express Yourself: The Best of Soul 2002
Various Artists
Flashback Gold / Rhino 2:33
Blues & Soul Masters 2002
Various Artists
WEA International 2:37
The Essentials 2002 Atlantic / Rhino 2:34
Chartbusters USA, Vol. 3 2003
Various Artists
Ace 2:39
Only the Strong Survive 2003
Original Soundtrack
Koch 4:02
The Incredible Soul Collection 2003
Various Artists
Rhino 2:35
Ultimate Soul [Madacy] 2003
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:35
Respect: The Soul Generation Soundtrack 2003
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:34
Simply the Best Platinum Soul 2003
Various Artists
WEA International 2:34
John Lennon's Jukebox 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:33
This Is the Modern World [Universal] 2004
Various Artists
Universal International 2:33
Soul to Soul [DVD & CD] [Rhino] 2004
Various Artists
Reelin' in the Years 3:05
Rhino Hi-Five: Wilson Pickett 2005 Atlantic / Rhino 2:39
The Kings of Hip Hop 2005 Rapster 2:51
Classic Soul: Motown Legends, Vol. 4-5/100% Motown 2005
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 2:27
The Immortal Wilson Pickett 2006 Collectables 2:33
The Definitive Soul Collection 2006 Rhino / Atlantic 2:34
Songs You Know: Soul 2006
Various Artists
Rhino 2:39
Soul Heaven [Malaco] 2007
Various Artists
Malaco 2:32
Cavern: The Most Famous Club in the World 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:33
Atlantic 60th: Soul, Sweat and Strut 2007
Various Artists
Atlantic / Rhino 2:34
Atlantic Top 60: Sweat-Soaked Soul Classics 2007
Various Artists
Atlantic / Rhino 2:40
Pick It Wilson 2007 Atlantic / Rhino 2:39
Only in America: Atlantic Soul Classics 2009
Various Artists
Atlantic / Rhino / Rhino Atlantic 2:39
60's Hits & Flicks 2009
Various Artists
Warner Bros. / WEA International 2:35
101 Pirate Radio Hits 2009
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:32
The Collectables Classics: The Immortal Wilson Pickett 2010 Collectables 2:33
Mod Mania 2010
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:26
Original Album Series 2010 Atlantic / Rhino / Warner Bros. 2:33
'60s Music Revolution 2012
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:28
Atlantic Soul Legends : 20 Original Albums From the Iconic Atlantic Label 2012
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Bros. 2:32
'60s Music Revolution: Groovin' 2012
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:28
Party Rock 2012
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:21
The Best Ever Sixties 2015
Various Artists
Rhino
The Complete Atlantic Singles, Vol. 1 2016 Real Gone Music 2:42
The Complete Atlantic Albums Collection 2017 Atlantic / Rhino 2:40
An Introduction To 2018 Atlantic 2:36
'60s: The Collection
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music 2:30
100 Greatest Breakfast Songs
Various Artists
Rhino 2:39
100 Greatest Motivation Songs
Various Artists
Rhino 2:39
Best of Porretta Soul Festival: 30th Anniversary
Various Artists
Warner Music 4:10
Happy Mother's Day
Various Artists
Rhino 2:39
Jon Savage's 1965: Year the 60s Ignited
Various Artists
Ace 2:36
Mod: The Collection
Various Artists
Rhino 2:33
Mum
Various Artists
Mum
Rhino 2:39
Party Soul
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:21
Sixties [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino 2:30
Soul of the '60s
Various Artists
Time Life 2:26
Sweet Soul Music [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music 2:37