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It was the second single from their second studio album, Idlewild Southreleased on Capricorn Records. The song was primarily written by vocalist Gregg Allmanwho first began composing it at a rented cabin outside MaconGeorgia. He enlisted the help of roadie Robert Kim Payne to complete the song's lyrics. He and Payne broke into Capricorn Sound Studios to complete a demo of the song. While the original Allman Brothers release of the song did not chart, "Midnight Rider" was much more successful in cover versions.
Gregg Allman's solo version of the song, released inwas its biggest chart success; it was a top 20 hit in the U. A cover by Jamaican singer, Paul Davidson, represented its biggest peak in the United Kingdom, where it hit number ten. Country artist Willie Nelson also recorded a version of the song that peaked at number six on U.
Thankful for Payne's help, Allman told him he would give him a percentage of its royalties should it become a success. Allman wanted to record it immediately, but had no keys to Capricorn Sound Studioswhich was adjacent to the warehouse. They phoned both producer Johnny Sandlin and Paul Hornsby who "told us to go to hell, come back in the morning," according Midnight Rider - Various - Rock Age Campaign Payne.
Allman instructed him to play the bassline he had envisioned and Lyndon practiced it multiple times to prepare. In the final studio recording, Duane Allman plays acoustic guitar, as he had enough studio experience to produce a nice acoustic sound. The verses arrangement features Duane Allman 's acoustic guitar carrying the song's changes, underpinned by a congas -led rhythm section and soft, swirling organ.
The verse construction, the desperate lyrics, and the taut arrangement make it standout Midnight Rider - Various - Rock Age Campaign  while musician and writer Bill Janovitz said that the recording successfully blended elements of bluescountry musicsoul musicand Southern rock. The original version of "Midnight Rider" by The Allman Brothers Band never charted, but the song later became a hit for four other artists:.
In NovemberBritish rock singer Joe Cockerwho specialized in treating recently written songs by others, released a version on his album Joe Cockerthe single from which reached 27 on the Billboard Hot ; Camel - Cloak And Dagger Man it was billed as Joe Cocker with The Chris Stainton Band.
In fallGregg Allman released a re-imagined version of Midnight Rider - Various - Rock Age Campaign song on his first solo album, Laid Backthat featured the addition of horns and a solo rather than harmony vocal line. It reached 19 on the Billboard Hot in early InWillie Nelson recorded a cover of the song for inclusion in the I Want Evry Bit Of It - Bessie Smith - The Bessie Smith Collection - 20 Golden Greats to the film The Electric Horseman.
Nelson's version was released as a single, and peaked at 6 on the Hot Country Singles chart. Bob Seger covered the song on his long out of print Back in '72 album. An edited and remastered version of his version, which eliminates the breakdown and Seger's scatting towards the end Hiroshima - Ben Folds - Stems And Seeds the track, appears on his Early Seger Vol. In summerhe and his bandmates in Crosby, Stills and Nash performed the song on their European tour, during a covers section in their set.
Gregg Allman's solo version is featured during the opening scenes of the remake of Walking Tall. Fury in the Slaughterhouse covered this song on their album The Color Fury. UB40 also covered the song on their Getting Over the Storm album. Christian singer Zach Williams covered the song on his deluxe version of his album Chain Breaker. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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