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J.J. Cale — Midnight in Memphis
Album: Shades
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7.6

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Total ratings: 1876









Released: 1981
Length: 4:22
Plays (last 30 days): 3
It's midnight in Memphis
and all the boys are out tonight.
Oh, midnight in Memphis,
but my true love is not in sight.
The neon's glowing,
but I just don't see the light.

I'm following my footsteps
trying to find myself a friend.
Oh, baby! Following my footsteps
trying to see where they might end.
I'm tryin' to break these blues,
but I can't even get them to bend.

Oh, midnight in Memphis.
Well, ya take me away.
Midnight in Memphis.
It's a long, long time
before the day.

Runnin' down on Beale Street.
Can you hear that engine roar?
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.
Runnin' down on Beale Street.
There's a girl in every door.
Yeah, it don't matter what you got,
they're asking me for more.
Play it for me one time, boys.

I heard the river risin',
risin' up over my head.
Yeah, heard the river risin',
and this is what it said:
"I don't need no live ones;
I just take care of the dead."

Oh, midnight in Memphis.
Take me, take me away.
Midnight in Memphis.
It's a long, long time
before the day.

Whoa, oh, oh, oh, midnight in Memphis.
Midnight in Memphis.
Midnight in Memphis.
It's a long, long time
before the day,
before the day
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Nice little tune that just romps along.  :)
 idiot_wind wrote:

Man oh man, I need some whiskey and  some one to drink  with.   




LOL!  Too true!   
 springof63 wrote:

Liking this a lot.
Sounds kind of a bit like a 'previously unreleased' track off The Blues Brothers soundtrack album.
Nothing wrong with that!


You're right! I can also hear how Mark Knopfler was influenced by JJ. 
Liking this a lot.
Sounds kind of a bit like a 'previously unreleased' track off The Blues Brothers soundtrack album.
Nothing wrong with that!
I can play piano so well, on my desk with no keys.
soooooooo smoooooth. 
 Ok_Sobriquet wrote:

I love the Tulsa Sound from JJ Cale and of course Leon Russell.

Before them, one of my all-time favorites made Tulsa his home base, Bob Wills with his Texas Playboys. Pre-WWII, Bob was the man, hugely popular and hugely influential. Bob moved to Tulsa when he made an enemy of the governor of Texas.

---

Ray Benson did a musical called 'A Ride With Bob' that was really wonderful. The setup is Ray on his tour bus. The driver is a bit mysterious - the ghost of Bob Wills.
Saw it a couple times, always amazing. First time was at the Paramount, and the guest artists - fitted into a 'radio broadcast' segment - were the Quebe Sisters. The oldest was about 15 then. They play violins fiddles and sing,  in perfect harmony. If you like Western Swing they are well worth a listen.
c.

Wonderful tight simplicity.
Oh dear I've already given it a 9.
 joelbb wrote:

Love it!  But who's in his band?  Memphis artists?


There are apparently a lot of famed studio musicians playing on this album, including several members of the "Wrecking Crew": Leon Russell, Carol Kaye, Hal Blaine, and many other "notables"
Is this an extra track on a reissue? Don't remember this on the original. 

But it's great!
Holy Crap, is that good.
I love the Tulsa Sound from JJ Cale and of course Leon Russell.

Before them, one of my all-time favorites made Tulsa his home base, Bob Wills with his Texas Playboys. Pre-WWII, Bob was the man, hugely popular and hugely influential. Bob moved to Tulsa when he made an enemy of the governor of Texas.

Remember what Waylon Jennings sang- 
I grew up on music that we called western swing It don't matter who's in Austin, Bob Wills is still the king

Lord I can still remember, the way things were back then
In spite of all the hard times, I'd live it all again
To hear the Texas Playboys and Tommy Duncan sing
Makes me proud to be from Texas where Bob Wills is still the king

You can hear the Grand Ol' Opry in Nashville Tennessee
It's the home of country music, on that we all agree
But when you cross that ol' Red River hoss that just don't mean a thing
'Cause once you're down in Texas, Bob Wills is still the king
Smooooooooooooooooooth
This song appears on several compilations but is not on Shades.
Just so dang cool and laid back. Ummm hummm.
Love it!  But who's in his band?  Memphis artists?
 swamitommi wrote:
mmmm... all groove baby.
 
Yes, indeed!  Good stuff. 
Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, Yeah!
Tickling the ivories and everything else.
Man oh man, I need some whiskey and  some one to drink  with.   
mmmm... all groove baby.
 nomnol wrote:

You can't and that's all there is to it.

 
I was with a friend at a concert by another fabulous guitarist (...Santana) and my friend says to me: "That's pure jesus pouring from that guitar."  I'm still unclear if he meant "genius"  or "jesus" but I'm taking that to the grave, man. Ditto for that sweet JJ guitar work-- pure jesus!  
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Sloths dig JJ!
 Grammarcop wrote:
Should be followed by 'Cause I Love You by Carla & Rufus. 

 
or before or any other time
whadda ya say Bill? 
 NinaGreg wrote:
how can you not love JJ Cale. Smooth groove.

 
You can't and that's all there is to it.
how can you not love JJ Cale. Smooth groove.
 TerryS wrote:
Nothing quike like a good strumpet. Err, make a that a strutting trumpet.

 
Try Can's Ethnological Forgery Series No. 36, for that matter. On Unlimited Edition, the one after Mother Upduff.
 Pedro1874 wrote:

That is the great thing about RP and Bill and Rebecca's amazing choice of music - how many times this happens! Then you click on the title to find the info and read the comments and then - you are running late!!! {#Roflol}

 
Yes, you are exactly right on that, I find it happens to me all the time when listening to RP.  Cheers.
 TimNH wrote:
Was listening to RP in the background when it dawned on me that I had stopped what I was doing just so that could listen to this song. Caught my attention for sure!
 
That is the great thing about RP and Bill and Rebecca's amazing choice of music - how many times this happens! Then you click on the title to find the info and read the comments and then - you are running late!!! {#Roflol}
I like the piano solo especially.
Should be followed by 'Cause I Love You by Carla & Rufus. 
Wow, first time I hear it, I like it!! (and seems that - want u all 2 know {#Laughing} )
Was listening to RP in the background when it dawned on me that I had stopped what I was doing just so that could listen to this song. Caught my attention for sure!
Ever since J.J.'s album Naturally came out on vinyl and 8-track in the 70's, been a huge fan of his laid back music. This blues tune was a change from the style of Naturally. But it's hard to not like a quality rendition of the blues.
{#Clap}
{#Daisy} .... a very solid "Outstanding"
Kinda gives me a Hunger for....Green Onions......
 jt1 wrote:
I really like this.
Concentrating on work and noticed that my foot was tapping away by itself.


 
Exact same thing just happened to me.  Good Stuff{#Jump}
Sweeet!  this is a super soundin' team     Thanks for this treat RP
R.I.P  J.J. !

 

Dahnyul wrote:
JJ has the Rhythm my friend!

 jt1 wrote:
I really like this.
Concentrating on work and noticed that my foot was tapping away by itself.

 



 


R.I.P. JJ
Rest In Peace, my friend,, thy music shall live on.
today is willie dixon's bday, RP. hint hint ;)
big stud Romeo Tuma wrote:
I was born in Memphis...  Elvis Presley was my biological father...
 

I be the holy ghost of big stud Romeo Tuma...  Elvis Presley is our father...

love this music...

 
 AdyMiles wrote:
ho hum. this is SO boring and repetitive

 
Oh dear! I think it's wonderful!!!!!!!!!! A classic. Sorry that you can't feel it.
 Businessgypsy wrote:
Buried my aunt in the cotton fields across from Memphis last week. She would have loved it. I love the (lack of) production, get a real feel for the communication between musicians in a studio. Yeah, music is now made by FTPing tracks to Timbaland for assembly. Back in the old days, they actually played together, y'know.
 
They still do. It's called "live music." Sorry 'bout your aunt. Anyone who would have loved this, loved life and everything about it.
Been there, done that.
JJ has the Rhythm my friend!

 jt1 wrote:
I really like this.
Concentrating on work and noticed that my foot was tapping away by itself.

 


I really like this.
Concentrating on work and noticed that my foot was tapping away by itself.

Man, the 12-bar riff is Bill Doggett's "Night Train"—slowed down just a tad. Apparently the "riff" has a rich history: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_Train_%28composition%29. I love this stuff. Could (and did) play it all night.
Nothing quike like a good strumpet. Err, make a that a strutting trumpet.
Buried my aunt in the cotton fields across from Memphis last week. She would have loved it. I love the (lack of) production, get a real feel for the communication between musicians in a studio. Yeah, music is now made by FTPing tracks to Timbaland for assembly. Back in the old days, they actually played together, y'know.
 fredriley wrote:

. . . This is great struttin' blues, in the same class in my mind as Peter Gunn. Love it to bits :). . . .

 
"Struttin' blues"—that's a very good way to put it.

romeotuma wrote:
I was born in Memphis... Elvis Presley was my biological father...
We might be related. One of the better trumpet players I've heard on a studio cut.

Excellent music to lick stamps by... Mmmmm... love that glue...
 AdyMiles wrote:
ho hum. this is SO boring and repetitive
 

I love it. Find it excellent. It swings.
 AdyMiles wrote:
ho hum. this is SO boring and repetitive
 
I just looked at your "highest rated songs" list. 

May I be the first to say hahahahahaha.

What is it you Brits say? Oh wait, I remember: Sod off ya pikey bastard 
 AdyMiles wrote:
ho hum. this is SO boring and repetitive
 
The underlying 12-bar is repetitive, but that's blues for you. The 'icing on the cake' is pretty varied, lots of different instruments. This is great struttin' blues, in the same class in my mind as Peter Gunn. Love it to bits :). 8 from the Nottingham jury.

This is sweet...
Oh yea man, this is what I'm talkin bout!{#Bananapiano}
Ahhhhhh.....{#Music}
Nice!!
 AdyMiles wrote:
ho hum. this is SO boring and repetitive
 

{#Rolleyes}
ho hum. this is SO boring and repetitive
 Mari wrote:
Woo!
 

Yeeeeahhh
You may think you've heard this song before and that is the genius of J.J. Cale - it's original and it's old fashioned blues - not as easy a pair to combine as you may think.
I love JJ. This song however, pretty mundane. Not doing it for me. Check out his song magnolia. Or check out Beck's version https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RdI49DTwcI&feature=related
The shades of the blues brothers.
JJ rocks!!!!
Sic 'em Boy!
mariamey wrote:
With this song I had to put on mute :( .. hopefully it is over soon !
so you miss sax and piano. btw: it's over.
Fits in the Doc Bagby "Sylvia's Callin'" groove... Very Memphis, even down to the outta tune 88.
With this song I had to put on mute :( .. hopefully it is over soon !
what a sax!!!
Good 'ol honky tonk blues - tap those toes to the twelve-bar :)
I too have been there since the beginning and this song hardy rates a four...the sax solo alone takes it to an eight, though I concur that this is not exemplary jjcale: too damn jumpy, too happy, too predictable, and he stays in time the whole song :0
Woo!
This one's a dilemma for me ... I've been a JJ fan since the beginning, but this track is pretty generic. 4.
Quite good!