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Midnight Confessions by The Grass Roots

Album: Golden GrassReleased: 1968Charted:
  • The "Midnight Confessions" in this song are the secrets the singer will not reveal to the girl he loves. He's a bit obsessed with her, and while he thinks about her all the time, he's tormented because he can't have her. After all, she's married.
  • This was written by Lou Josie, a songwriter and guitarist from Ohio whose credits include "Hey Harmonica Man" by Stevie Wonder, "Soul Finger" by the Bar-Kays and "We Can Make Music" by Tommy Roe.
  • This was the biggest hit for The Grass Roots. They also hit the US Top 10 with "Sooner Or Later" and "Let's Live For Today."
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On November 30th, 1968 the Grass Roots appeared in concert* at the Municipal Auditorium in Birmingham, Alabama...
At the time the group's "Midnight Confessions" was at #18 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; a little under five weeks earlier on October 27th it had reached #5 {for 1 weeks} and was on the Top 100 for 15 weeks...
Also at the same time their next release, "Bella Linda", was in it's first on the chart at position #99; a little over six weeks later on January 12th, 1969 it peaked at #28 {for 1 week} and stayed on the chart for 9 weeks...
* Other acts on the concert's bill were Gary Puckett & the Union Gap, the Buckinghams, Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart, Billy Joe Royal, Andy Kim, Four Jacks and a Jill; and the show's emceed was Davy Jones of the Monkees {reserved tickets were $4}.
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
On November 2nd 1968, the Grass Roots appeared on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
At the time "Midnight Confessions" was at #5* on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart, but that was not the song they performed...
They performed their next release, "Bella Linda", and twenty-two days on November 24th, 1968 later entered the Top 100 at position #99; and seven weeks later on January 12th, 1969 it peaked at #28 {for 1 week} and spent a total of 9 weeks on the Top...
* This was "Midnight Confessions" last day at #5, which was its peak position of the Top 100, the following day it fell to #10...
{See next post below}.
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
On September 7th 1968, the Grass Roots performed "Midnight Confessions" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
Thirteen days earlier on August 25th, 1968 it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #74; and on October 27th, 1968 it peaked at #5 {for 1 week} and spent 15 weeks on the Top 100 {and for 5 of those 15 weeks it was on the Top 10}...
It reached #4 on Canadian RPM 100 Singles chart...
Between 1966 and 1975 the California-based quartet had twenty-one Top 100 records; with three making the Top 10, their other two Top 10 records were "Let's Live for Today" {peaked at #8 for 2 weeks on June 25th, 1967} and "Sooner or Later" {reached #9 for 1 week on July 25th, 1971}...
Bassist and lead singer 'Rob' Grill passed away on July 11th, 2011 at the age of 67...
May he R.I.P.
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
If you watch the video its actually 2 lead singers.Steve - Methuen, Ma
I prefer "The River Is Wide". It is not listed. It does not get any air play on the oldies stations.Dion - Commerce, Tx
Just another song about unrequited love ala "My Cherie Amour" and "Just My Imagination" where the object of the singers affection probably doesn't knows that they exist.Martin - Los Angeles, Ca
there's a very memorable part of the movie Jackie Brown where Bridget Fonda annoys Robert De Niro by singing this.Dylan - Dodge City, Ks
Oh I adore this song. The lead singers voice is amazing!Theresa - Murfreesboro, Tn
Why is it a shame that this is their biggest hit? It is without a doubt one of the top ten greatest songs of the sixties!Joe - Chicago, Il
Structurally, a nearly perfect pop/rock song, aespecially the horns. Always have loved it and never tired of it.Chet - Buffalo, Ny
I absolutely love this song, especially the breakdown near the end with the sound of a jewelry box. It's a shame that this was their biggest hit.Tanya - La Verne, Ca
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