Midnight Confessions

Album: Golden Grass (1968)
Charted: 5

Songfacts®:

  • 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."

Comments: 14

  • Oldschool1946 from West Covina CaYes there are two lead singers, Rob Grill on bass starts it off followed by drummer Joel Larson.
  • Frank from Kansas Does anyone know for certain who it was that sang lead vocal on the Grass Roots Studio Version of Midnight Confessions?
  • Howard from St. Louis Park, Mn This one of my all time favorite songs from The Grass Roots and I never get tired of hearing it. One thing I never knew about the song is that it was first recorded by The Evergreen Blues Band but it never made the Top 40.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn 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 from Sauquoit, NyOn 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 from Sauquoit, NyOn 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.
  • Steve from Methuen, MaIf you watch the video its actually 2 lead singers.
  • Dion from Commerce, TxI prefer "The River Is Wide". It is not listed. It does not get any air play on the oldies stations.
  • Martin from Los Angeles, Ca
    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.
  • Dylan from Dodge City, Ksthere's a very memorable part of the movie Jackie Brown where Bridget Fonda annoys Robert De Niro by singing this.
  • Theresa from Murfreesboro, TnOh I adore this song. The lead singers voice is amazing!
  • Joe from Chicago, IlWhy 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!
  • Chet from Buffalo, NyStructurally, a nearly perfect pop/rock song, aespecially the horns. Always have loved it and never tired of it.
  • Tanya from La Verne, CaI 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.
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