On this day in music history: July 5, 1965 - “In The Midnight Hour” by Wilson Pickett is released. Written by Wilson Pickett and Steve Cropper, they will write the song while hanging out at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN. While recording the song at Stax Studios, producer Jerry Wexler will suggest the songs’ signature back beat to the band (including Booker T. & The MG’s members Steve Cropper, Donald “Duck” Dunn and Al Jackson) by doing the then popular dance “the jerk”. After the musicians stop laughing at Wexler’s attempt at demonstrating the dance, they’ll realize he’s on to something, and begin playing the song with the emphasis on the two and the four. “In The Midnight Hour” will be an instant smash, rocketing to #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart on August 7, 1965, just 3 weeks after its release. It will also peak at #21 on the Hot 100 on September 4, 1965 becoming his first million seller.