Heard in 2012 (11): Wilson Pickett’s ‘In The Midnight Hour’ (1965)


I love Wilson Pickett’s voice. Listen to that snarl. Feel its power. Hear him yelp and shout. It’s the energy he brings to songs that often turns them from good songs into great ones.

Pretty much all of Wilson Pickett’s songs are about love or lovemaking, perhaps with a slight preference for the latter. Midnight is his favourite time—another of his best songs is ‘I’m A Midnight Mover’—he’s very much the romantic.

A classic in the history of soul music, ‘In The Midnight Hour’ (from the album by the same name) is the song that broke Wilson Pickett. Great horn section. Good froove on the bass. Snaps of guitar. Rolling drums. I could listen to it all day (and sometimes I do).

And check out those smooth dance moves!


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