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Fact #134018


Short story:

Wilson Pickett enters the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA for the first time with In The Midnight Hour.

Full article:

Steve Cropper (guitarist/songwriter) : One afternoon, Wilson and Jerry Wexler flew in (to Memphis) and we hung out in a hotel room. Jerry went off to do business and Wilson and me wrote songs. It was about nine or ten o'clock and Jerry and Jim Stewart (of Stax Records] came by to see how we were doin' and they brought us a bottle of scotch. We had already written In The Midnight Hour and they said 'That's pretty good. We'd better leave you alone,' and they split. Before the night was over, we wrote Don't Fight It. Both tunes turned out to be pretty good.
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Steve Cropper (guitarist/songwriter) : Jerry Wexler from Atlantic Records in New York called Jim Stewart [Stax Records owner) and said, "I have an artist that we haven't really been able to do anything with, but he's a great soul singer. I'd like to bring him down to Memphis and cut him with the guys down there." So Jim called me in and said, "Hey, they're going to bring this guy down called Wilson Pickett. " I didn't know who Wilson Pickett was. I'd never heard of him. So they told me he used to be in The Falcons and he'd recorded some things back before that, with some spiritual groups.

In every song, in the fade-out, he'd go into this ritual, "I'm going to wait til the midnight hour, oh, in the midnight hour.' And he'd start preachin' this midnight hour thing. And I said, "That's it!"

Jerry and Jim went off to eat, and Wilson and I went off to the hotel room to start writing songs. Midnight Hour was the first one that came up. It took a piece of something that Wilson had been working on and a little bit of what I'd been working on and that's the tune that came out.
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Jerry Wexler : Southern recording changed my life. I wanted to record that way forever.

Chips Moman (Memphis-based musician/songwriter) : He (Jerry Wexler) wanted to play the kind of music we wanted to play. The guys didn't mind staying late to help Jerry out, because he always kept the session interesting.