Wilson Pickett - In The Midnight Hour (1965)

Wilson Pickett was an American soul singer and songwriter.

Wilson Pickett's first major success came in 1965, after time with The Falcons and six modestly successful solo singles (and a debut album). In '64 he had signed to Atlantic Records, and his third single for them was "In The Midnight Hour". It was recorded in Memphis, Tennessee, at the studios of Stax Records, with the Stax house band of guitarist Steve Cropper, bassist Donald Dunn and drummer Al Jackson (effectively Booker T & The MGs minus Booker T. Jones himself). The infectiously catchy dance number proved to be Pickett's big break, giving him his first #1 R&B hit, and also reached #21 on the pop charts. It was quickly followed by "Don't Fight It", which was almost as successful (#4 R&B).
His second album came out the same year, featuring both singles. It also featured some songs from his days with The Falcons (including their 1962 #6 R&B hit "I Found A Love"), and a great cover of Dickey Doo's "Teardrops Will Fall". So it's actually more of a compilation than a true album, spanning several years. Nevertheless, it's some really fantastic southern soul, raw and gritty.

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