It's Midnight (song)

"It's Midnight"
Single by Elvis Presley
from the album Promised Land
A-side "Promised Land"
B-side "It's Midnight"
Released October 1974
Format 7" single
Recorded 1973
Length 3:20
Label RCA
Songwriter(s) [1]
Elvis Presley singles chronology
"If You Talk in Your Sleep" / "Help Me"

"It's Midnight"

"My Boy" / "Thinking About You"


"It's Midnight" is a 1974 song by Elvis Presley.

Writing [ edit ]

It was written together by Jerry Chesnut and Billy Edd Wheeler.[2]

Recording [ edit ]

Elvis Presley recorded it during his December 10–16, 1973 recording sessions at Stax Records in Memphis.[3][4] The session produced three more charting songs: "Promised Land", "If You Talk in Your Sleep" and "Help Me" ("If You Talk in Your Sleep"'s B-side).[3]

Release history [ edit ]

The song was first released in October 1974 as a B-side to a cover of Chuck Berry's "Promised Land".[3][5] (While the Goldmine Standard Catalog of American Records indicates "Promised Land" as the A-side,[6] different pressings have "It's Midnight" as the A-side and "Promised Land" as a B-side and vice versa.)[7]

For reasons unknown, initial releases of the song in the United Kingdom on the 45 rpm single RCA Victor PB 10074 retitled the track "It's Midnight and I Miss You."[8]

Reception [ edit ]

"Promised Land" rose to number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100,[3] while the two sides together (as "It's Midnight / Promised Land") and "It's Midnight" on its own charted on the Hot Country Singles chart.[3] "It's Midnight" peaked on it at number 9 in January 1975.[5][9]

Critical reception [ edit ]

Billboard in its review of the album Promised Land (in the January 18, 1975 issue) picked "It's Midnight" as one of the best cuts on the album.

Charts [ edit ]

Chart (1974–1975) Peak

US Billboard Easy Listening[10] 8*
US Billboard Hot Country Singles[5][9] 14* / 9**
* as "It's Midnight / Promised Land"
** as "It's Midnight"

References [ edit ]

  1. ^ Billy Edd Wheeler (2002). Real Country Humor: Jokes from Country Music Personalities. august house. pp. 110–. ISBN 978-0-87483-652-3.
  2. ^ Alanna Nash (1 February 2012). Elvis and the Memphis Mafia. Aurum Press. pp. 272–. ISBN 978-1-84513-759-5.
  3. ^ a b c d e Rob Bowman (1997). Soulsville, U.S.A.: The Story of Stax Records. Music Sales Group. pp. 305–. ISBN 978-0-8256-7284-2.
  4. ^ Kevin Crouch; Tanja Crouch (9 April 2012). The Gospel According To Elvis. Music Sales Group. pp. 223–. ISBN 978-0-85712-758-7.
  5. ^ a b c Maury Dean (2003). Rock and Roll. Algora Publishing. pp. 323–. ISBN 978-0-87586-207-1.
  6. ^ Martin Popoff (5 August 2010). Goldmine Standard Catalog of American Records 1948–1991. Krause Publications. pp. 940–. ISBN 1-4402-1621-5.
  7. ^ "Elvis Presley - It's Midnight / Promised Land at Discogs".
  8. ^ "Elvis Presley - Promised Land/It's Midnight and I Miss You at 45cat".
  9. ^ a b "Elvis Presley - Chart history (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-12-16.

    "Elvis Presley - Chart history (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-12-16.
  10. ^ "Elvis Presley - Chart history (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-12-16.

External links [ edit ]

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