Chart Performance: Pop (#21) and R&B (#1); 1965
Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne
In 1962, I Found A Love by “The Falcons & Band” reached #6 on the R&B chart. Hidden behind that simple artist billing were future soul stars Eddie “Knock On Wood” Floyd, the Love Rollercoaster Ohio Untouchables/Players, and (on lead) Wilson “Wicked” Pickett. After the Falcons disbanded, Pickett showed up solo in the R&B Top 10 in 1963 with It’s Too Late on Double-L (a label formed by singer Lloyd Price). Following three single releases on Double-L, Pickett joined the Atlantic roster. One year and two stiff singles later, the heat was on for a hit. On May 11, 1965 Pickett flew to Memphis, where he and guitarist Steve Cropper holed up in a hotel room and wrote In The Midnight Hour and Don’t Fight It in two hours. The next day Wilson cut the songs at Stax studios, backed by Cropper and the other two members of the MG’s – as in, Booker T. – and the Memphis Horns. Midnight Hour and Don’t Fight It became the first of 31 R&B Top 20 hits for Pickett.
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- Jim Stewart
- Steve Cropper
Lyrics Written by:
- Wilson Pickett
- Steve Cropper
- Grammy nomination for Best Rhythm & Blues Recording at the 8th Annual Grammy Awards (1966)
- Gold disc for selling more than one million copies (1965)