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All about “Last Night”

In Last Night on February 23, 2013 at 12:56 am

The Mar-Keys, formed in 1958, were an American studio session band for the Stax label from Memphis, Tennessee, in the 1960s. As the first house band for the label, their backing music formed the foundation for the early 1960s Stax sound.

The group began as The Royal Spades and had tried unsuccessfully to get a record made for the local Satellite Records even though tenor sax player Charles “Packy” Axton’s mother and uncle owned that label. When they were finally able to get a record made, Axton’s mother Estelle Axton convinced the group to change their name and they chose The Mar-Keys.

They also recorded organ and saxophone oriented singles of their own, scoring a number three hit nationally with “Last Night” in 1961. It sold over one million copies, earning gold disc recognition. Keyboards were played by Jerry Lee “Smoochy” Smith. Other singles of theirs from the early 1960s include “Philly Dog” and “Popeye Stroll.” Members of this rhythm section later formed other nationally prominent Memphis studio session groups, including the Memphis Horns, the Packers, and Booker T. & the M.G.’s. Each of these offshoot groups also recorded popular instrumental albums of their own, in addition to serving as the backing band on albums by dozens of rock, R&B, and soul music stars on Stax, Volt and other national labels. The legacy of the Mar-Keys and later groups was that of having been key players in the development of soul music styles like Southern soul and Memphis soul.

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Last Night – The Mar-Keys

In Album, Last Night on February 15, 2013 at 12:21 pm

markeysLast Night” is an instrumental recorded by The Mar-Keys. It reached #3 on the US charts in 1961 and appeared on the first LP recorded by the Stax label.

Written by Charles Axton, Floyd Newman, Gilbert C. Caple, Jerry Lee Smith, and Chips Moman. The tune was covered by Georgie Fame on his 1966 Sweet Things album. It was also memorably covered by the jazz ensemble The Bum Notes for the closing credits of BBC sitcom Bottom in the early 1990s, and was used as the backing music to “viaduct”, a game played on the Chris Moyles radio show.

According to Steve Cropper, in an interview with Paul Nassari of the Sunday Mail newspaper (Adelaide, Australia), “Jerry Lee ‘Smoochy’ Smith came up with the piano riff that was played on organ. Since [producer Chips] Moman didn’t want a guitar on it for whatever reason, I wound up playing the hold-down on the organ on the root note. “It hurts me in the Mar-Keys history when people say I wasn’t in the Mar-Keys because there’s no guitar on Last Night but I have to differ with them.”

Usage in films, radio and television programsthe-mar-keys-last-night

During the sixties, Last Night became the title tune for the french radio show “Salut les Copains” on Europe 1.

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins released a risqué version entitled “Bite it” on his record, “Because is in your mind” in 1970.

This music was used during telecasts of the NBA on CBS in the ’70s (roughly around 1975-76) as the play-by-play announcer would give a preview to the game featured.

It featured in the 1988 Keanu Reeves film The Night Before.

In the early 1990s a cover version by Adrian Edmondson’s band The Bum Notes was used for the closing credits of the BBC sitcom Bottom, which starred Edmondson and Rik Mayall.

mqdefaultIt appeared in the 1998 film Blues Brothers 2000, re-recorded by the Blues Brothers Band and during the closing credits of 2007 film Rush Hour 3.

The music was also used in the legal comedy-drama Ally McBeal (1999, episode “Sideshow”, second season).

( from Wikipedia)

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